The National Judicial Council (NJC) says it has approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the appointment of the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad by three months.
Soji Oye, spokesperson of the National Judicial Council (NJC), disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
Mr. Oye was reacting to media report that the NJC will converge next week to deliberate on the extension of appointment of the acting CJN.
The NJC spokesperson stated that the Council had met on Thursday and approved the president’s request.
The statement read: “The attention of the National Judicial Council has been drawn to an online newspaper and daily newspaper report stating that the council would meet next week to deliberate on the extension of the Acting Appointment of Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.
“Contrary to the above, the Council actually met on Thursday 18th April, 2019 and at the 88th Meeting considered and approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the extension of the Appointment of Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria for another three (3) months and Council has since forwarded its approval to the president.”
Muhammad was sworn-in as acting Chief Justice of Nigeria on Friday, 25th January after Walter Onnoghen was suspended by Buhari for non declaration of assets.
Mr. Onnoghen who resigned a fortnight ago was later convicted by the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB.