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Saturday, April 20, 2019

President Buhari extends tenure of Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad by three months


President Buhari, with the consent of the National Judicial Council, has reportedly extended the tenure of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria by another three months.

Punch reports that the NJC quietly conceded to Buhari’s request for the extension of the acting CJN’s tenure at its meeting held between Wednesday and Thursday.

In a statement released on Saturday, April 20 and signed by Soji Oye, the National Judicial Council said it decided to extend Tanko’s tenure based “on the request of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

The statement reads: 
“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 Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“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.”

Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was suspended by President Buhari in January after he was accused of non-disclosure of all his assets and operating secret accounts. Justice Tanko was announced as his replacement.

On Thursday April 18th, the Code of Conduct Tribunal found him guilty of the charges filed against him by the Federal government and banned him from public service for 10 years.

The Federal government is yet to release an official statement on the reported elongation of Tanko's tenure.

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