President Buhari to appoint acting Chief Justice of Nigeria

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday will conduct a swearing in ceremony for a new acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.

Buhari is expected to appoint Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen as the acting CJN, according to the Tribune.

The National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended him following the retirement of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed Mohammed.

Buhari, as the appointing authority, is yet to send his name to the Senate for confirmation. With Mohammed bowing out tomorrow after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70 years, Buhari reportedly consented on Wednesday to swear Onnoghen in, in acting capacity, to avoid constitutional crisis with the vacuum that Mohammed’s exit would have created.

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