President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the resignation of former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.
A statement issued on Sunday evening by Senior Special Assistant to the president on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said “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,” Shehu said.
The presidential spokesman also disclosed that President Buhari has told the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Tanko Muhammad, to begin the process of appointing additional five Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He said the president, in a letter to tbe acting CJN, wrote: ‘‘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.’’