President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the tenure of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad.
This was confirmed by the National Judicial Council in a statement from its spokesperson, Soji Oye.
The extension of Muhammad’s tenure follows the conviction of Walter Onnoghen by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). He was also banned from holding a public office for the next ten years.
”The attention of the National Judicial Council has been drawn to an online newspaper and daily newspaper report stating that the council would meet next week to deliberate on the extension of the Acting Appointment of Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria,” the NJC statement said.
“Contrary to the above, the Council actually met on Thursday 18th April, 2019 and at the 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.”
Muhammad was appointed as CJN in acting capacity after the suspension of Walter Onnoghen over false assets declaration charges by the CCT.