Buhari, NJC Purportedly Approves The Extension Of Muhammad’s Tenure As Ag CJN By 3 Months
President Buhari, with the consent of the National Judicial Council (NJC), has reportedly extended the tenure of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) 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.
The council, which is also chaired by Muhammad in an acting capacity, did not issue a communiqué.
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 subsequently announced as his successor.
On Thursday, April 18th, the Code of Conduct Tribunal found Onnoghen 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.