Justice Tanko Muhammad resigns as Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN


The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has resigned from office.


Channels TV reports that Justice Muhammad resigned on Sunday night, June 26, citing ill-health as the reason for his decision.

Information also has it that arrangements are ongoing to swear in the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.


According to reports, a formal announcement will be made this morning.

Until his resignation, reports had it that Justice Muhammad was seriously ill. Only last week, 14 justices of the Supreme Court had written him a letter to lament the decrepit state of affairs in the apex court.


Muhammad has served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 2005 and was appointed Chief Justice of Nigeria in 2019.

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