Judiciary: NJC extend acting chief justice Tanko Muhammad’s appointment


…more three months for Acting CJN

The appointment of Tanko Muhammad as the acting chief justice of Nigeria has been extended for another three months by President Muhammadu Buhari. 

A spokesperson for the National Judicial Council, Soji Oye said in a statement that Mr President sent the recommendation to NJC the body charged for ratification of judges’ appointment and it was approved on Thursday.

…First appointed in January 

The acting chief justice of Nigeria Tanko Muhammad was first appointed in January after the suspension of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen who was accused of false declaration of asset.

Mr Onnoghen was convicted on Thursday and barred from holding public office for 10 years by the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The convicted Chief Justice Onnoghen denied all allegations against him, and has appealed the ruling.

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..NJC deny proposed meeting, ratify Tanko tenure extension

The statement released on Saturday by the NJC denied a media report stating that the council planned to meet next week to discuss on the extension of Mr Muhammad’s term as the acting chief justice of Nigeria. The statement said that NJC had approval already the extension sought by President Muhammadu Buhari by three months.

“NJC at its 88th Meeting considered and approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the extension of the Appointment of Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria for another three (3) months and Council has since forwarded its approval to the President.

..Presidency yet to confirm Onnoghen resignation

Recall that the convicted Chief Justice of Nigeria, Onnoghen had two weeks ago notified he was stepping down, but the Presidency has yet to announce whether his exit had been approved by the president.

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