- Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has on Sunday, June 26, resigned his his position
- According to news report, arrangements are ongoing to swear in the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court
- Tanko who reportedly resigned over what was described as ill health has been battling his fellow Supreme Court judges over their welfare
Multiple news platforms are reporting that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has resigned his position.
Channels Television reports that Justice Muhammad who resigned on Sunday night, cited ill-health as the reason for his decision.
Meanwhile, their are arrangements ongoing to swear in the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.
According to reports, a formal announcement will be made shortly. Until his resignation, reports had it that Justice Muhammad was seriously ill.
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Recall that recently, 14 justices of the Supreme Court had written him a letter to lament the decrepit state of affairs in the apex court.
Some of the issues raised by the justices in the letter include the failure to replace dilapidated vehicles, accommodation problems, poor healthcare services at the Supreme Court clinic, and poor electricity supply.
The justices also lamented the increase in electricity tariffs, no modified allowances to reflect the increase in diesel prices, and lack of internet services in their chambers.
Interference in court cases: Nigeria’s Chief Justice reveals how Buhari relates with judiciary
Recall that Legit.ng had also reported that Tanko Muhammad said President Muhammadu Buhari never interfered in judicial cases. He disclosed this on Thursday, April 14, at the Iftar dinner hosted by Buhari for the leadership of the nation’s judiciary, at the end of the daily fasting.
"In all your years in office, at no time, no moment did Mr. President or any other person from you attempt to talk or ask for favors from the courts. We can recall no such attempt by you or anyone on your to interfere with judicial decisions."
According to the CJN, this shows that the president is mature, adding that with people like Buhari who do not interfere with judicial decisions in leadership positions, Nigeria can rest assured that all is well.