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Buhari Accepts Onnoghen’s Voluntary Retirement



President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the voluntary retirement of the erstwhile Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen with effect from May 28, 2019.

A statement from the senior special assistant to the president on media, Mallam Garba Shehu also disclosed that the president had written the Acting Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Tanko Muhammad on the need to appoint five more justices to fill vacant positions in the apex court.

According to the statement, the “President Buhari has accepted the voluntary retirement from service of Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria, effective from May 28, 2019.

“The President thanked Justice Onnoghen for his service to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and wished him the best of retirement life.” 

On the vacant positions in the apex court, he said:

‘‘Pursuant to the provisions of Section 230(2) A&B of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to request that you initiate in earnest the process of appointing additional five Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to make the full complement of 21 Justices as provided by the aforementioned provisions of the Constitution.

‘‘This is in line with the Government’s Agenda of repositioning the Judiciary in general and Supreme Court in particular for greater efficiency, with a view to reducing the backlogs of appeals pending at the Supreme Court.

‘‘Please accept, your Lordship, the assurances of my highest regards.’’

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