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Buhari swears in Ariwoola as acting CJN

Chief Justice, Ariwoola set to swear in 11 Supreme Court Justices

President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in Olukayode Ariwoola as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

The President swore in Ariwoola at exactly 3:14pm at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, accompanied by other serving justices of the Supreme Court.

He is expected to act until his appointment is confirmed by the National Judicial Council.

Ariwoola took over following the resignation of the incumbent CJN, Tanko Muhammad, from the office on Monday , on “health grounds”.

The new CJN is said to be the most senior justice of the Supreme Court. He was born on August 22, 1958.

Ariwoola had served as Justice of the Court of Appeal, before proceeding to the Supreme Court.

Buhari to swear in Ariwoola as acting CJN

The outgoing CJN was recently reported to be in crises with his fellow Justices on allegations of uncaring attitude levelled against him.

The CJN had in his official reaction, admitted that the Supreme Court like any other establishment in the country at the moment has been hit by devastating economic crunch.

Mohammad said the apex court under his leadership can no longer meet some of its obligations to Justices especially in the area of welfare.

He however stated that despite the letter from the aggrieved Justices, there is no rift between him and other Justices of the Supreme Court.