- An aide to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad has confirmed the resignation of his principal
- After hours of confusion, Ahuraka Yusuf Isah confirmed this development through a statement issued on Monday, June 27
- Meanwhile, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola will be the next acting Chief Justice of Nigeria sequel to the Senate’s confirmation
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Ibrahim Muhammad has resigned to enable him to attend to his health.
His media aide, Ahuraka Yusuf Isah confirmed this in a terse statement, The Nation reports.
Although Isah had earlier denied knowledge of the development, he said the next most senior Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola would be sworn-in later on Monday by President Mohammadu Buhari.
The Punch reports that the special adviser on media and communication to CJN, Isah, said:
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“All I know is that he’s going to declare open a workshop this morning at the NJI (National Judicial Institute).”
Legit.ng gathered that Justice Muhammed came into his office earlier today, Monday, June 27, without his usual convoy of vehicles and security details.
He stayed briefly and left, but has not returned till then, an official said.
Justice Muhammad was also absent today at a training workshop for judges, organised by the National Judicial Institute (NJI) which he was expected to declare open.
Supreme Court Justices blast CJN over violation of rights
The Supreme Court justices have demanded responses from the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Muhammad, from questions on the deteriorating state of affairs in the apex court.
According to reports, 14 justices of the supreme court alleged in a letter to the CJN that he had abandoned his responsibilities as the leader of the court.
The report stated that some of the issues raised in the letter included vehicles, accommodation, diesel supply, electricity tariff, internet services to justices’ residences, training for justices and epileptic power supply to the courts.
Drama as Christian Judge takes oath in Allah’s name, CJN reacts
CJN Tanko Muhammad was fast to save the face of a new appeal court judge, Olasunbo Goodluck on Monday, June 28.
Justice Goodluck, while taking her oath at the court in Abuja, mentioned Allah, instead of God since she is a Christian.
Noting the error, the CJN quickly asked her to use the name of God as required by religion and law.