The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad has resigned. Sources say he resigned last night on grounds of ill-health.
According to reports, arrangements are now on to swear in the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Reports also indicate that a formal announcement will be made shortly. Until his resignation, reports had it that Justice Tanko Muhammed was seriously ill.
Only last week, 14 justices of the supreme court had written him a letter to lament the decrepit state of affairs in the court.
In a statement issued by Muhammed’s spokesman, Isa Ahuraka, said he did not want to join issue with the justices.
He added that the circulation of the letter is akin to “dancing naked at the market square”.
The supreme court is yet to release a formal statement on the resignation.