President Buhari To Swear In Justice Ariwoola As Acting CJN

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President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to swear in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) today.

This follows the resignation of Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad on health grounds.

Justice Ariwoola, who is the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court, will be sworn in by 2pm at the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja.

Sources said he will act as CJN pending the time his name will be forwarded to the Senate by the President for confirmation as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

Related: Justice Tanko Resigns As CJN, Writes President Buhari

Justice Ariwoola was born on Aug. 22, 1958.

He was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court 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 the 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.

Ariwoola will retire by 2028.

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