President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the voluntary retirement from service of Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria.
A statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Mallam Garba Shehu, said the retirement took effect from 28th May, 2019.
The President also thanked Justice Onnoghen for his service to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and wished him the best of retirement life.
Onnoghen had on 5th April resigned his position while being tried by the CCT over his failure to declare his asset
Meanwhile, the President has written the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Tanko Muhammad, on the appointment of additional five Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The President 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 re-positioning 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.’’