The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, has resigned from his position as head of the country’s judiciary.
The report was confirmed to newsmen by a representative for the Supreme Court.
It is believed that preparations are being made to name Olukayode Ariwoola, the supreme court justice with the next-highest ranking supreme court justice as the temporary Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
The details of CJN’s departure are still sketchy, but in a letter that was released last week, the Supreme Court’s justices voiced their displeasure at having their budgetary allotments unchanged for the previous four years.
They expressed a number of concerns in the letter, including the failure to repair deteriorating cars, lodging challenges, poor medical care at the Supreme Court clinic, and inadequate electrical supply.
The justices bemoaned the rise in power rates, the absence of adjusted allowances to account for the rise in diesel prices, and the absence of internet access in their chambers.
The justices brought Mr. Tanko’s attention to an internal document that the Chief Registrar had forwarded to the judges, informing them that owing to a fuel shortage, electricity would be provided to the court from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day.
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Other difficulties included the failure to sign updated Court Rules, the unexpected suspension of annual justice training and workshops in other countries, and the absence of experienced legal assistants.
As a result, the justices questioned Mr. Tanko’s sense of accountability out of worry that the judiciary would be shut down as a result of the issues brought up.
CJN Muhammad, however, addressed the accusations, saying that he was unable to satisfy the judges’ demands.
Muhammad has been a Justice of the Nigerian Supreme Court since 2005, and in 2019 he was made Chief Justice of Nigeria.
He formerly held the position of Justice of the Nigerian Court of Appeal.
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