Justice Olukayode Ariwoola will be sworn-in as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) after the sudden resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad from the exalted Judicial position.
CJN’s spokesperson, Ahuraka Isah, confirmed the resignation of his principal on Monday morning.
Justice Muhammad was said to have resigned his appointment as the head of the nation’s judiciary on health grounds.
It would be recalled that the CJN, was last week accused of corruption and professional misconduct by 14 of his brother Justices of the apex court.
Justice Muhammad was said to have resigned on Sunday, but the news of his resignation became public on Monday morning.
If Ariwoola eventually takes over, Ariwoola is billed to leave the Judicial service in 2028.
Below are 6 things to know about the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria:
1. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola was born on August 22, 1954.
2. He obtained degree in law (LL.B) from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).
3. He hails from Iseyin, in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo state.
5. On November 22, 2011, he was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria as Justice.
6. He is a Member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and the Nigerian Body of Benchers.