By Ebe Agozie
Abuja, June 27, 2022
Justice Olukayode Ariwoola is expected to be sworn-in as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) after the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad.
Justice Muhammad has resigned from his position, reportedly on health grounds.
The CJN’s Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Isah Ahuraka confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Ariwoola is the next most senior Justice of the Supreme Court.
Justice Ariwoola, who was born on Aug. 22, 1958, was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2011.
He was a Justice of the Court of Appeal between 2005 and 2011 after having been elevated from the State High Court of Oyo State.
Justice Ariwoola was first appointed a Judge of Superior Court of record in Oyo State in 1992 from private legal practice.
Before his elevation to the Supreme Court, he served as Justice of the Court of Appeal in Kaduna, Enugu and Lagos Divisions.
NAN reports that Ariwoola will retire by 2028.
He is a member, Nigerian Bar Association, member, International Bar Association and member, Nigerian Body of Benchers.
The National Judicial Council (NJC), created by Section 153 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) with powers to hire and fire judicial officers in the country, is expected to have sent a recommendation of Justice Ariwoola to President Muhammadu Buhari as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
The President, according to reports, will then swear him in today as acting CJN, to be followed by his nomination to the Senate for confirmation hearing.
Justice Muhammad took over from Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen who bowed out of office in controversial circumstances.