Buhari swears in Ariwoola as acting Chief Justice Of Nigeria
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), today, has sworn in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN) at the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja.
Ariwoola, who is the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court was sworn-in at around 3:00pm, hours after the resignation of the former CJN, Tanko Muhammad.
Justice Ariwoola, born on August 22, 1958,hails from Oyo State was formerly a Justice of the Court of Appeal before being elevated to the Supreme Court bench in 2011
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In March 2017, then acting President Yemi Osinbajo nominated Justice Walter Onnoghen as CJN to replace Justice Mahmud Mohammed.
In January 2019, however, he was suspended for alleged false asset declaration, giving way for Justice Tanko Muhammad, who suddenly resigned on Monday morning for an undisclosed health issue.
Justice Ariwoola will serve in acting capacity until confirmed by the Senate under President Buhari’s request.
The President also conferred on the outgoing CJN with the national honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger.
In attendance were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, other Justices of the Supreme Court, Director-General of the State Security Service, Yusuf Bichi, amongst others.