News Update


Header Ads Widget

Chief Justice Of Nigeria, CJN, Tanko Muhammad Resigns On Health Grounds, Becoming The Second To Do So.

Tanko Muhammad.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, has resigned his appointment, a few days after the Justices of the Supreme Court, protested his overbearing influence on their allowances, stating health issues.

The next most senior Justice of the Supreme Court, Olukayode Ariwoola, who hails from Oyo State, is expected to be sworn in acting capacity, as sources at the Supreme Court who confirmed Muhammad’s resignation, say.

The resignation by Mr. Muhammad, who is 68yrs old, comes about 18 months ahead of his official retirement in December 2024, when he would have clocked 70. And his abrupt exit comes at a time when his colleagues on the Supreme Court bench accused him of hampering the operations of the Supreme Court by failing to fund judges’ welfare as well as fueling of generators among others.

A leaked memo by 14 Justices of the Supreme Court protesting Muhammad’s handling of the operations of the court surfaced online last week.

Such letter leaking to the public is unprecedented in the history of Nigerian Supreme Court and he is leaving behind the crises enumerated in the letter by the Justices of the Supreme Court.

He is the second CJN in a row to abruptly exit office, after his predecessor, Walter Onnoghen was controversially suspended by President Muhammad Buhari, in January 2019, and never returned to office until he was convicted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over charges of breach of codes of conduct for public officers, with the president later recognizing his voluntary resignation instead of the order of his removal from office by the CCT.

Onmoghen’s exit from office in January 2019 came almost two years before he was due for retirement in December 2020, with Muhammad, who was appointed to succeed him, also leaving office 18 months ahead of his official retirement age in December 2024.

Two Justices of the Supreme who asked not to be named confirmed Tanko Muhammad’s resignation on Monday.


Post a Comment