The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammed has resigned.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY gathered that he resigned on Sunday night because failing health.
Sources say that there are already plans to swear in the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Ahuraka Yusuf Isah, Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad also confirmed the resignation of the CJN on Monday.
He said, “The latest information is that the CJN has resigned; I spoke with somebody very close to him and he said he has resigned.”
This comes amid the corruption allegations levelled against the CJN by 14 Supreme Court judges .
In a protest latter, signed by the judges, Muhammad was accused of not giving justices their legitimate entitlements.
The justices said their annual foreign training, meant to enhance capacity building for the country’s judicial process, had been blocked by Muhammad.
The justices ihad complained about, non-replacement of poor vehicles; accommodation problem; lack of drugs at the Supreme Court clinic; epileptic electricity supply to the Supreme Court; increase in electricity tariff; no increase in the allowances for diesel; lack of internet services to residences and chambers.
They also accused the CJN of making provision for his personal staff and family members to travel abroad, while only few judges have had the opportunity under Muhammad.
The CJN had replied the judges, giving a breakdown of the expenses that the nation’s apex court made under him.
However, until his resignation, reports had it that Justice Tanko Muhammed was seriously sick.
Muhammad had assumed office after Walter Onnoghen, his predecessor, was controversially removed in 2019 by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari – on allegations bothering on owning some secret foreign accounts.