BREAKING: Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Tanko Muhammad, resigns from position [Here’s why]

Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) has resigned, POLITICS NIGERIA learned on Monday.

Justice Muhammad resigned on Sunday night, citing ill-health as the reason for his decision.

This newspaper understands that Justice Muhammad has been seriously ill for some weeks.

The next most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, is expected to be sworn in as the acting CJN.

Meanwhile, the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) has shortlisted 29 candidates in the ongoing appointment process to fill six vacancies on the Supreme Court bench.

All the 29 candidates are current Justices of the Court of Appeal.

The list is contained in a June 13, 2022 letter sent by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) requesting its members to comment on the suitability of the shortlisted candidates for the position on or before Monday.

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