Court rejects application to stop Tanko’s inauguration as substantive CJN

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A recent court ruling has failed to stop President Buhari from swearing in Justice Mohammed Tanko as the Substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN)

Today’s Echo gathered that a Federal High Court in Abuja rejected an ex parte application for an order stopping President Muhammadu Buhari from swearing in Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Tanko has been acting as the CJN since January when President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the former CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

With Onnoghen’s resignation and subsequent conviction by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Tanko is believed to be set to assume the office of the CJN in a substantive capacity.

The main suit filed by Malcom Omirhobo Foundation, a group being promoted and represented in court by a lawyer, Mr. Malcom Omirhobo, is challenging Muhammad’s fitness to hold the office of the CJN.

Justice Inyang Ekwo rejected the group’s ex parte application requesting an order stopping Buhari from swearing in the acting CJN in an acting capacity, in a ruling on Friday.

It was gathered that, rather than grant the application in his ruling, the judge, directed the applicant to put all the seven defendants on notice.

Ex parte applications are characteristically conducted in the absence of the adverse parties.

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