What You Should know about the New Acting Chief Judge of Nigeria
Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, next in line in the hierarchy of the Supreme Court, was sworn in by President Mohammadu Buhari as the 18th Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), on Monday, June 27.
Ariwoola, who would be 68 years by August this year, has assumed the position that saddles him with the responsibility of appointing judges and justices that would handle election petitions that would likely arise from the 2023 general election.
Justice Ariwoola was born on August 22, 1958, he hails from Iseyin, Oyo State.
He started his education in Iseyin at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole, Iseyin Local Government Area of Oyo State, where he finished his primary education in 1967, and he also attended the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he received an LL.B. degree in Islamic Law, from 1976 to 1980. He later obtained an LL.M. degree and a Ph.D. in law from the same university in 1985 and 1998 respectively.
Tanko was called to the bar in 1981, the same year he graduated from the Nigerian Law School, and began his career in 1982. Below are his professional appointment and positions.
- Magistrate Grade II with Bauchi State Judiciary (1982 – 1984)
- Magistrate Grade I & Ag. Snr Magistrate Grade II ( 1984 – 1986)
- Senior Magistrate II (May 1986 – July 1986)
- Provost, College of Legal and Islamic Studies, Bauchi (1986 to 1989)
- Deputy Chief Registrar/Chief Magistrate, FCT High Court (1989 – 1991)
- Judge (Kadi), Bauchi Region Sharia Court of Appeal (1991 – 1993)
- Justice of the Court of Appeal (1993 – 2006)
Furthermore, He was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2006 but was sworn in on January 7, 2007. He formally resigned as the CJN on Monday, June 27, 2022.