President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday swore in a new Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed after suspending the hitherto current one, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony, at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, President Buhari said he suspended Justice Onnoghen based on an order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal dated January 23.
The new acting CJN, who hails from Bauchi State, North-East Nigeria, was sworn in soon after the President signed the new Executive Order 007 on road infrastructure.
Justice Mohammed was driven into the forecourt of the President’s office at about 4:30 p.m. in a black Mercedes Benz C240 with number plate GWA 900 FA.
Former Chief Justice Onnoghen had earlier on Friday announced through his media assistant, Awassam Bassey, that there was a plan to swear in members of the various 2019 election petition tribunals on Saturday, January 26.
Justice Onnoghen also described as absolute falsehood, the media reports that he resigned his office, following current allegations against him.
The embattled Onnoghen is facing charges by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, of allegedly maintaining some accounts that were not declared as part of his assets on resumption of office.
Just on Thursday January 24, the court of Appeal restrained the Code of Conduct Bureau form continuing the trial of Justice Onnoghen.
Source: Voice of Nigeria