The National Judicial Council, NJC has approved the request of Preisent MuhammaduBuhari for the extension of appointment of Justice Tanko Muhammad as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria for another three months.
This is contained in a statement, by Director Information of NJC, Soji Oye. He said the decision was taken at the 88thCouncil Meeting.
Buhari suspended the then CJN, Walter Onnoghen, pending the completion of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The President announced the suspension at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said the action followed the order of the CCT directing him to suspend Onnoghen, pending the completion of his trial.
The President consequently swore in Justice Mohammed as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Mohammed who hails from Bauchi State, is the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court.
The Code of Conduct Tribunal, last Thursday convicted Onnoghen banning him from holding public office for a period of ten years.