Senate screens Acting CJN on Wednesday

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By Muhammad Saheed

On Wednesday, Olukayode Ariwoola, the Acting Chief Judge, will be screened by the Senate.

This was made known on Tuesday at the plenary by the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan.

Lawan appealed to all Senators to be on seat in plenary on Wednesday for the required screening of the Acting CJN for substantive capacity as Chief Justice of Nigeria.

He said, “Distinguished colleagues, tomorrow, Wednesday, 21st September 2022, has been fixed for screening and possible confirmation of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“Please, as usual, we all need to be at plenary during the screening exercise.”

Ariwoola was appointed as the acting CJN after Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad resigned as the head of the country’s judiciary in June 2022.

Muhammad, the former CJN, resigned on the ground of ill-health.

Prior to his resignation however, 14 justices of the apex court had accused him of corruption and abandoning his responsibilities as the leader of the court.

The letter for confirmation of Justice Ariwoola as Chief Justice of Nigeria was received by the Senate on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, from President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Senate couldn’t consider the request as it adjourned for the annual long recess the following day, Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

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