Why Justice Muhammad resigned – aide

The Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria (MULAN) has expressed concerned over the attacks by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), Afenifere, Ohaneze, Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Middle Belt Group and their allies on the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad on his recent statement on Sharia.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, has resigned to enable him attend to his health.

His media aide, Ahuraka Yusuf Isah confirmed this in a terse statement a moment ago.

Although Isah had earlier denied knowledge of the development, he said the next most senior Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, would be sworn-in later on Monday by President Mohammadu Buhari.

Newsmen learnt that Justice Muhammed came into his office earlier today, without his usual convoy of vehicles and security details.

He stayed briefly and left, but has not returned till then, an official said.

Justice Muhammad was also absent today at a training workshop for judges, organised by the National Judicial Institute (NJI) which he was expected to declare open.

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