President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) following the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad.
Here are some 10 things you should know about the new Chief Justice.
1. Olukayode Ariwoola was born on 22nd August to the family of Ariwoola of Iseyin.
2. He started schooling at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole in Iseyin Local government of Oyo State between 1959 and 1967.
3. He was formerly a Justice of the Nigerian Courts of Appeal.
4. In July 1980, he obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State.
5. He was called to bar in July 1981 and later got enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a Solicitor and Advocate soon thereafter.
6. He worked at the Ministry of Justice in Ondo state in as the State Counsel on National Youth Service (NYSC) and later as Legal Officer in the Ministry of Justice in Oyo State until 1988 when he voluntarily left the official bar of the State Civil Service for private practice.
7. Justice Ariwoola was one of the seven justices of the Supreme Court that decided the 2019 presidential election petition that affirmed the election of Buhari as President for a second term
8. Ariwoola was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2011.
9. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, who would be 68 years by August this year, if confirmed as substantive CJN by the Senate, would be saddled with the responsibility of appointing judges and justices that would handle election petitions that would likely arise from the 2023 general election.
10. He is married with children and loves reading, listening to good music, photography and shopping.