Ariwoola confirmed as substantive CJN

The appointment of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) has been confirmed by the Nigerian Senate.

Mr Ariwoola who was in acting capacity took over from Justice Muhammad Tanko in June when the latter stepped down on health grounds.

At the resumption of plenary on Wednesday, Senate President Ahmad Lawan called for the screening exercise to be moved forward from where it was listed on the order paper.

Mr Ariwoola and all Supreme Court judges, President of the Court of Appeal, President of the Federal High Court, President of the National Industrial Court and Secretary of the National Judicial Council thereafter walked into the chambers and took their seats.

The Senate later asked the acting CJ to take a bow and leave.