Senate confirms new substantive CJN

The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Olukayode Ariwoola as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

The confirmation followed his screening at the plenary on Wednesday.

He will replace Ibrahim Muhammad who resigned in July.

Mr Ariwoola, while responding to questions before his confirmation, said the major challenge of the judiciary was inadequate funding of its operations.

He said the judiciary must be funded, adding that judges should not been seen as begging.

He urged the Senate to always give expeditious approval to budgets of the judiciary to enable it discharge its duties.

On the allegation that some judges wrote a petition against the immediate past CJN, Mr Ariwoola said there was no petition of such nature.

According to him, what leaked to the media was a letter of complaints by 14 justices on issues relating to the workings of the judiciary and welfare of judicial officers.

“The 14 of us wrote and delivered by hand to our brother, the past CJN, how…

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