Buhari accepts Onnoghen’s voluntary retirement, writes CJN on appointment of five new Supreme Court judges

Preisdent Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the retirement of former chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen. understands that the president also wrote to Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, on appointment of five justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Garba Shehu, Buhari’s spokesperson, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday evening.

The statement read in part:

“President Buhari has accepted the voluntary retirement from service of Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria, effective from May 28, 2019.

“The president thanked Justice Onnoghen for his service to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and wished him the best of retirement life.”

Furthermore, on the appointment of five Supreme Court judges, Buhari requested:

“Pursuant to the provisions of Section 230(2) A&B of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to request that you initiate in earnest the process of appointing additional five justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to make the full complement of 21 justices as provided by the aforementioned provisions of the Constitution.

“This is in line with the government’s agenda of repositioning the judiciary in general and Supreme Court in particular for greater efficiency, with a view to reducing the backlogs of appeals pending at the Supreme Court.

“Please accept, your Lordship, the assurances of my highest regards.”

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