Breaking! CJN, Justice Tanko Resigns
… New CJN set to be sworn in
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad has resigned.
The resignation by the 68-years-old CJN, Tanko Muhammad, comes about 18 months ahead of his official retirement time in December 2024, when he will clock 70.
According to sources who spoke with Channels Television’s Judiciary correspondent, CJN Tanko resigned last night on grounds of ill-health.
According to sources at the Supreme Court who confirmed Mr Muhammad’s resignation, the next most senior Justice of the Supreme Court, Olukayode Ariwoola, from Oyo State, is expected to be sworn in, in acting capacity.
Mr Muhammad’s unceremonious exit comes at a time when his colleagues on the Supreme Court bench accused him of hampering the operations of the Supreme Court by failing to fund judges’ welfare as well as fueling of generators among others.
A leaked memo by 14 Justices of the Supreme Court protesting Mr Muhammad’s handling of the operations of the court surfaced online last week.
Such letter leaking to the public is unprcedented in the history of Nigerian Supreme Court.
Mr. Muhammad is leaving behind the crises enumerated in the letter by the Justices of the Supreme Court.
He is the second CJN in a row to abruptly exit office.
It could be recalled that his predecessor, Walter Onnoghen, was controversially suspended by President Muhammad Buhari, in January 2019, and never returned to office until he was convicted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over charges of breach of codes of conduct for public officers.
The President would later recognise Mr Onnochen’s voluntary resignation instead of the order of his removal from office by the CCT.
Mr Onmoghen’s exit from office in Jnaury 2019 came almost two years before he was due for retirement in December 2020.
Mr Muhammad, who was appointed to succeed Mr Onnochen, is also leaving office 18 months ahead of his official retirement age in December 2024.