Breaking: Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, resigns

Justice Tanko Muhammad

Few days after his colleagues at the Supreme Court rose against him, accusing him of sundry infractions in office ranging from corruption to high-handedness, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, has resigned.

A Judiciary source revealed that Justice Muhammad resigned on Sunday night, citing ill-health as the reason for his decision.

There has been ruckus at the apex court, after 14 justices rose against the CJN over alleged mismanagement of funds and absence of probity, insisting on full blown investigation.

The justices had in a recent letter to the CJN, which was leaked to the public, protested the non-payment of their legitimate entitlements for a prolonged period of time.

They accused the CJN who doubles as the Chairman of the National Judicial Council, NJC, of ignoring their repeated demands for improved welfare, despite the upward review of the budgetary allocation of the Judiciary.

Aside from allegation that accommodation was not provided for new Justices that were sworn in since 2020, the aggrieved jurists, accused the CJN of not allowing them to attend foreign trainings, adding that vehicles that were supplied to them were either refurbished or substandard.

According to them, though they were blocked from attending foreign trainings, the CJN, severally travelled out of the country with his spouse and children.

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