Following the resignation of Justice Tanko Mohammed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola of the Supreme Court this evening took the oath of office as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
Presiding over the swearing-in ceremony held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari admonished the new Acting Chief Justice to scale up the confidence of Nigerians in the judiciary.
Ariwoola, 62, who is the next most senior Justice of the Supreme Court will takes serve in an acting capacity till further confirmation by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
Justice Muhammad had resigned early this morning citing ill-health as the reason for his decision.
However, many had pinned the resignation of Justice Mohammed on the rumbles in the Supreme Court following the petition against the former Chief Justice by his colleagues. The suggestion was however rebuffed by the Acting Chief Justice.
Ariwoola will now serve for a period of three months pending his confirmation by the Senate of Nigeria.