President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the appointment of Tanko Muhammad as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) by another three months following the recommendations of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

 

This was contained in a statement by a spokesperson for NJC, Soji Oye on Saturday.

The statement read, “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.’’

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Muhammad was appointed in January as the acting CJN following the suspension of the substantive CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, who was later arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CBT) for false assets declaration.

Onnoghen was convicted on Thursday by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, and was barred from holding public office for 10 years.

Monies in his five bank accounts were also forfeited to the federal government.

He has denied all allegations against him, and has appealed the ruling.

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