Know Justice Ariwoola, the acting CJN


BY FATI MUSA MARTE, JUNE 28, 2022 | 03:31 PM

Olukayode Ariwoola was appointed the acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on Monday following Mohammed Tanko’s resignation on grounds of ill-health.

Being the most senior in the Supreme Court after Tanko, Justice Ariwoola was appointed to act pending a confirmation by the National Assembly.

Here is a little information about the acting CJN:

Ariwoola, 64, hails from Iseyin Local Government Area of Oyo State.

He had his primary education in Local Authority Demonstration School in his LGA between 1959 and 1967.

He then proceeded to Muslim Modern School in the same town and later attended Ansar-ud-Deen High School Sarki in Oyo State.

Justice Ariwoola obtained his bachelor's degree in Law at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife in 1980. He was called to the bar and got enrolled as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court in 1981.

Ariwoola started his career as a state counsel in his National Youth Service Corps at the Ministry of Justice, Akure, Ondo State.

He was later appointed as a legal officer in the Ministry of Justice, Oyo State until 1988 when he voluntarily left the state civil service for private practice.

In 1993 he became the chairman, Armed Robbery Tribunal, Oyo State. He was later posted out of the headquarters, Ibadan, to Saki High Court in 1996.

Prior to his elevation to the Supreme Court, he served as Justice of Court of Appeal in Kaduna, Enugu and Lagos Divisions.

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