As Justice Tanko Muhammad resigned on Sunday night, citing ill-health as the reason for his decision. The process of selection of his successor has been concluded.

Information also has it that arrangements are ongoing to swear in the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, aged 63 years and was appointed as Justice of The Supreme Court Of Nigeria on November 22, 2011 as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria. According to reports, a formal announcement will be made shortly.

Until his resignation, reports had it that Justice Muhammad was seriously ill. Only last week, 14 justices of the Supreme Court had written him a letter to lament the decrepit state of affairs in the apex court.

Bello Akinkunmi Yakub