By Godson Ikiebey-
The National Judicial Council (NJC) has approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the appointment of Justice Ibrhaim Muhammed, acting chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), by three months.
This was disclosed in a statement on Saturday, April 20, 2019 by Soji Oye, NJC spokesman.
Oye was reacting to a report that council will meet to deliberate on an extension for the acting CJN.
According to him, the council met and approved President Buhari’s request to extend the appointment of Justice Muhammad by three months. He said that:
“The attention of the National Judicial Council has been drawn to an online newspaper and daily newspaper report stating that the council would meet next week to deliberate on the extension of the Acting Appointment of Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.
“Contrary to the above, the Council actually met on Thursday 18th April, 2019 and at the 88th meeting considered and approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the extension of the Appointment of Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria for another three (3) months and Council has since forwarded its approval to the president”.
Justice Muhammad was appointed after Justice Walter Onnoghen was suspended by President Buhari.