…Confers National Award on ex-CJN, Tanko, who resigned
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday swore-in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN), in an acting capacity, following the abrupt resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad from the Judicial position.
Justice Olukayode Ariwoola Justice Ariwoola, who was the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court, took the judicial oath of office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Justice Muhammad’s resignation is coming amidst allegations by 14 judges of the Supreme Court last week that the former CJN has run the apex court aground.
Muhammad, it was gathered, was forced to resign over the weekend, after his fellow jurists effectively passed a vote of no confidence in him. His media aide had claimed that he quit on health grounds.
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 the lack of internet services in their chambers.
It was gathered that there was a memo from the judges to the presidency, highlighting all of the CJN’s financial dealings, and threatening that they would stop sitting from September if he is not removed.
Meanwhile, the President conferred on the immediate-past Chief Justice, a National Award, the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger, (GCON), which is second to the highest honour in the country.
The conferment took place at the swearing-in of the new Acting CJN, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Ariwoola, the new CJN, was the next-highest ranking justice of the apex court after Muhammad.
He was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2011, and was a Justice of the Court of Appeal between 2005 and 2011 after having been elevated from the State High Court of Oyo State. Before his elevation to the Supreme Court, he served as Justice of the Court of Appeal in Kaduna, Enugu and Lagos Divisions.
He is due for retirement in 2028.