The appointment of Ibrahim Muhammad, acting chief justice of Nigeria has been extended by three months after the National Judicial Council (NJC) approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari.
We understands that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier requested for an extension in regards to the appointment of new Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Soji Oye, the NJC spokesman, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
The spokesman was reacting to a report that the council will meet to deliberate on the extension of the acting CJN.
Oye said the council met and approved Buhari’s request to extend the appointment of Muhammad.
“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,” he said.
“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 appointed after Walter Onnoghen was suspended by Buhari and subsequently tried by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for false assets declaration.
He was convicted on Thursday and barred from holding public office for 10 years.
The embattled justice has appealed the verdict of the CCT.