JUSTICE Olukayode Ariwoola on Monday took the oath of office as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
President Muhammadu Buhari administered the oath of office on Justice Ariwoola at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended Justice Ariwoola to Buhari for appointment as the Acting CJN following the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad.
Justice Ariwoola, as the most senior judicial officer of the Supreme Court after Justice Muhammad, was next in line for the position of CJN.
According to tradition, when an incumbent head of court vacates office either because of death, retirement, resignation or sack, the next most senior judicial officer in the court takes over.
Justice Ariwoola was born on August 22 1958.
He was formerly a Justice of the Court of Appeal. On November 22, 2011, he was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The ICIR reported that there was confusion over the leadership of Nigeria’s judiciary following reports that Justice Tanko Muhammad has resigned. Muhammad’s spokesman told The ICIR that he was not aware of the development.
According to Channels Television, sources disclosed that the CJN resigned on Sunday night.
Ill health was cited as the reason for the decision.