President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the appointment of Justice Tanko Muhammad, the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, by 3 months.
The tenure extension came following the National Judicial Council (NJC) approval of Buhari’s recommendation.
Soji Oye, the spokesman for the NJC, in a statement on Saturday revealed that the NJC approved Justice Muhammad’s 3 months extension on Thursday.
“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 Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.
“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,” the NJC statement reads in part.
His first appointment came following the suspension of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Buhari in January.
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) had ordered Buhari to suspend Onnoghen following a case of non declaration of some of his assets against him.
Naija Buzz reported how the Justice Umar Danladi led CCT convicted Mr. Onnoghen and barred him from holding public office for 10 years.
But the convicted CJN was not satisfied with the ruling which he described as premeditated. Consequently, he appealed the CCT judgement at the Court of Appeal.