he Nigerian Senate has confirmed Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), following a screening on Wednesday.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had in June appointed Justice Ariwoola as CJN in an acting capacity after Justice Tanko Muhammad resigned as the CJN on the grounds of ill-health.
Motion for the screening of Ariwoola was moved by the Senate Leader, Senator Ibrahim Gobir this morning at the plenary. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had called for the screening exercise to be moved forward from where it was listed on the order paper.
Gobir moved that the Senate should resort into the Committee of the Whole to conduct the screening as well as suspend its relevant rules to admit the acting CJN Ariwoola and his entourage into the chambers.
Thereafter, the acting CJN Ariwoola and all Justices of the Supreme Court, President of the Court of Appeal, President of the Federal High Court, President of the National Industrial Court and Secretary of the National Judicial Council, walked into the chambers and took their seats.
TNG reports Ariwoola was born on Aug. 22, 1958 and was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2011. He was a Justice of the Court of Appeal between 2005 and 2011 after being elevated from the State High Court of Oyo State.
Justice Ariwoola was first appointed a Judge of a Superior Court of record in Oyo State in 1992 from private legal practice. Before his elevation to the Supreme Court, he served as Justice of the Court of Appeal in Kaduna, Enugu and Lagos Divisions. He will retire by 2028.