President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, announced this via a post on his Twitter page on Friday.
JUST IN: President @MBuhari suspends the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen and appoints Mr. Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed as acting CJN.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) January 25, 2019
According to Ahmad, “the suspension was based on the order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).”
He also revealed that President Buhari has sworn in Justice Tanko Muhammed as the acting CJN.
The suspension of Justice Onnoghen is not unconnected to the country’s top jurist trial at the CCT.
The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) filed a six-count criminal charge against the CJN for alleged false declaration of assets.
Justice Muhammed, 65, hails from Bauchi State. He is the most senior justice of the Supreme Court after Justice Onnoghen.
He attended Government Secondary School, Azare where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate in 1973 before he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Law in 1980.
He later obtained a Master and Doctorate (Ph. D) degrees from the same university in 1984 and 1998 respectively.