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Buhari Swears In Ariwoola As Acting Chief Justice Of Nigeria

Justice Olukayode Ariwoola was sworn in as acting chief justice of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday at the Council Chambers of the State House in Abuja.

Several hours after Tanko Muhammad, the previous CJN, resigned, Ariwoola, the senior Justice of the Supreme Court, was sworn in.

Justice Ariwoola, who was born in Oyo State on August 22, 1958, formerly served as a Justice of the Court of Appeals before being promoted to the Supreme Court bench in 2011.

Three Chief Justices have been appointed by the Buhari-led administration in both interim and substantive capacities since it took power in 2015.

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To replace Justice Mahmud Mohammed, Yemi Osinbajo, then acting president, nominated Justice Walter Onnoghen to be CJN in March 2017.

He was replaced by Justice Tanko Muhammad, who abruptly announced his resignation on Monday morning due to an unexplained health issue, after he was suspended in January 2019 for an alleged fake asset declaration.

According to President Buhari’s request, Justice Ariwoola would serve in an interim capacity until being approved by the Senate.

The Commander of the Order of the Niger was also bestowed upon the departing CJN by the President.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, Inspector-General of Police Usman Baba, additional Supreme Court Justices, Director-General of the State Security Service Yusuf Bichi, and others were present.

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Justice Olukayode Ariwoola was sworn in as acting chief justice of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday at the Council Chambers of the State House in Abuja.

Several hours after Tanko Muhammad, the previous CJN, resigned, Ariwoola, the senior Justice of the Supreme Court, was sworn in.

Justice Ariwoola, who was born in Oyo State on August 22, 1958, formerly served as a Justice of the Court of Appeals before being promoted to the Supreme Court bench in 2011.

Three Chief Justices have been appointed by the Buhari-led administration in both interim and substantive capacities since it took power in 2015.

READ MORE: Get Guns And Defend Yourselves, Matawalle Tells Zamfara Residents

To replace Justice Mahmud Mohammed, Yemi Osinbajo, then acting president, nominated Justice Walter Onnoghen to be CJN in March 2017.

He was replaced by Justice Tanko Muhammad, who abruptly announced his resignation on Monday morning due to an unexplained health issue, after he was suspended in January 2019 for an alleged fake asset declaration.

According to President Buhari’s request, Justice Ariwoola would serve in an interim capacity until being approved by the Senate.

The Commander of the Order of the Niger was also bestowed upon the departing CJN by the President.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, Inspector-General of Police Usman Baba, additional Supreme Court Justices, Director-General of the State Security Service Yusuf Bichi, and others were present.

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