Buhari extends Tanko's Appointment

The President of Nigeria, Muhammad Buhari extends acting Chief Justice of Nigeria's tenure by three months in recent recommendations.

Buhari sent the recommendation to the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the supervisory body approved the appointment on Thursday, quoting a spokesperson for the NJC, Soji Oye as saying in a statement on Saturday.

Mr Tank Muhammad was first appointed in January after the president suspended Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, who was accused of false declaration of asset.

Mr Onnoghen was since convicted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, and was barred from holding public office for 10 years.

There were rumors that the NJC will reconvene to discuss the extension which the body squashed during a statement by their spokesperson. He was quoted saying 

 “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.”

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