After Tanko’s Resignation, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola Expected To Be Sworn-in As CJN


CJN Olukayode Ariwoola

Justice Olukayode Ariwoola is expected to be sworn-in as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) after the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad.

Justice Muhammad has resigned from his position, reportedly on health grounds.

The CJN’s Special Assistant on Media, Mr Isah Ahuraka confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria, on Monday, June 27.

Until his resignation, Justice Tanko was reportedly seriously ill.

However, some speculations opined that his resignation might be connected to the current anomie bedeviling the judiciary.

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Last week, 14 justices of the Supreme Court had written him a letter to lament the decrepit state of affairs in the apex court.

In the leaked letter, the Justices accused the CJN of refusing to address the issues despite drawing his attention to them.

They complained of a lack of residential accommodation and vehicles at the court.

The justices further accused the CJN of gallivanting with his “spouse, children and personal staff,” while not allowing them to travel with an assistant on foreign trips.

Furthermore, the litany of complaints include the lack of legal research assistants, despite the magnitude of cases being adjudicated.

MDB gathered that Justice Olukayode Ariwoola is the next most senior.



Justice Olukayode Ariwoola who was born on Aug. 22, 1958 and appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2011.

He was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court in 2011. He was a Justice of the Court of Appeal between 2005 and 2011 after having been elevated from the State High Court of Oyo State.

Justice Ariwoola was first appointed a Judge of Superior Court of record in Oyo State in 1992 from private legal practice.

Before his elevation to the Supreme Court, he served as Justice of Court of Appeal in Kaduna, Enugu and Lagos Divisions.

Ariwoola will retire by 2028.

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