Senate confirms Olukayode as New CJN

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Fatimah Idera

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

The confirmation took place at exactly 12:55pm after an hour of drilling and questioning by the Committee of the Whole inside the Senate chambers.

During the screening, Justice Ariwoola responded to questions posed to him by Senators asking him to take a bow and go, having sufficiently responded to questions posed to him. The motion for screening was moved by the Senate Leader, Senator Ibrahim Gobir, at the plenary.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had called for the screening exercise to be moved forward from where it was listed on the order paper.

However, the Senate reverted to plenary where the lawmakers also unanimously approved that the acting CJN’s nomination for appointment has been confirmed by the Senate to be the CJN.

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