September 25, 2022

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Senate confirms Ariwoola as Chief Justice of Nigeria

Senate confirms Ariwoola as Chief Justice of Nigeria

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as Chief Justice of Nigeria.

When plenary resumed on Wednesday, September 21, Senate Minority Leader Senator Ibrahim Gobir offered two motions for the upper house to screen Ariwoola. His motions were approved by lawmakers when they were put to a vote by Senate President Ahmad Lawan.

Lawan requested that the selection exercise be brought forward to where it was on the order paper.

Subsequently, Ariwoola and all the judges of the Supreme Court, the President of the Court of Appeal, the President of the Federal High Court, the President of the National Labor Court and the Secretary of the National Judicial Council entered the rooms and took their places.

The Senate then asked Ariwoola to bow and leave.

President Buhari was sworn in at Ariwoola as acting CJN on June 27 following the resignation of his predecessor, Ibrahim Tanko.

Born on August 22, 1954, Justice Ariwoola of Oyo State was previously a judge of the Court of Appeal before being elevated to the bench of the Supreme Court in 2011.

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