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JUST IN: CJN Mohammed set to resign on health ground



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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Tanko Mohammed is set to resign from his position based on health reasons.

Mohammed announced his resignation in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, and Isah Ahuraka, his Media Assistant, confirmed the development on Monday.

He was sworn into office in January 2019 following the sack of former the CJN Walter Onnoghen

Tanko’s resignation cane in the aftermath of allegations of corruption leveled against him by fourteen Supreme Court judges, who in a protest memo, accused him of not giving them their entitlements.

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They argued that Tanko had blocked their annual foreign training which was supposed to enhance their capacity building for the country’s judicial process.

Issues regarding non-replacement of poor vehicles, accommodation problem, lack of drugs at the Supreme Court clinic, poor electricity supply to the Supreme Court, increase in electricity tariff, lack of increase in the allowances for diesel, lack of internet services to residences and chambers, among others, were raised.

Responding to the allegations put forward by the Justices, Mohammed said that the Supreme Court was financially handicapped.

While any denying rift between himself and the judges, he said the leadership of the court under him could no longer meet some of its obligations to Justices as it concerned their welfare.

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