Buhari writes Senate to confirm Ariwoola as Chief Justice of Nigeria

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Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, Buhari, writes Senate, confirm Ariwoola, Chief Justice of Nigeria
Justice Olukayode Ariwoola

Buhari writes Senate to confirm Ariwoola as Chief Justice of Nigeria

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has requested the country’s Senate to confirm the appointment of the acting Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, as the substantive CJN.

This is contained in a letter from the president read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at plenary on Tuesday.

Buhari said his letter was according to Section One (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Buhari on Monday, the 27th day of June swore in Olukayode Ariwoola as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), following the resignation of his predecessor, Tanko Muhammad, on health grounds.

The swearing in took place in ceremony attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Justices of the Supreme Court.

Who is Justice Olukayode Ariwoola?

Justice Ariwoola, born on August 22, 1958, was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2011, according to his profile on the Supreme Court’s website.

The jurist, who hails from Iseyin in Oyo State, had earlier before his appointment to the highest bench of the land served as a Justice of the Court of Appeal between 2005 and 2011.

Before his elevation to the Court of Appeal bench in 2011, he served as a judge of the High Court of Oyo State, a position he was appointed to in 1992 from private legal practice.

Mr Ariwoola started his education in his home town Iseyin at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole in Iseyin Local government of Oyo State between 1959 and 1967.

He was in the Muslim Modern School in the same town between 1968 and 1969 before proceeding to Ansar-Ud-Deen High School, Saki in Oyo North of Oyo State.

He studied law at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife, Osun State, and bagged his bachelor of laws degree with honours in July 1980.

He was called to the Nigeria bar and got enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a Solicitor and Advocate soon thereafter.

Before his elevation to the Supreme Court, he served as Justice of the Court of Appeal in Kaduna, Enugu and Lagos Divisions.

Justice Ariwoola will retire by 2028.

 

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