CJN: Buhari swears in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as Acting Chief Justice Nigeria

President Buhari swears in the Acting CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola at the Council Chambers in the State House, Abuja, on Monday, June 27, 2022. Photo: State House/Tolani Alli

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday swore in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

The swearing of Ariwoola, the next most senior in the hierarchy of the Supreme Court, as the new CJN followed the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammed on health ground.

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

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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.

His predecessor, Justice Tanko Muhammad, had resigned as the CJN on the grounds of ill-health.