President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the appointment of Tanko Muhammad as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria by another three months.

Buhari sent the recommendation to the National Judicial Council, NJC, and the supervisory body approved the appointment.

Muhammad was first appointed in January, after the President suspended Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, who was accused of false declaration of asset.

Onnoghen was convicted on Thursday by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, and was barred from holding public office for ten years, but denied all the allegations and has appealed the ruling.

A statement by the NJC denied an unnamed media report that the Council would meet next week to deliberate on the extension of Muhammad’s term as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria. It said the approval had already been given.