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Nigerian Chief Justice tests positive for COVID-19

The Nigerian Chief Justice, Tanko Muhammad, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The 67-year old number one judge of Africa’s most populous country is receiving treatment in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

A Justice of the country’s Supreme Court, Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, revealed the health status of Nigerian Chief Justice at the unveiling of the national headquarters of the Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.

It comes on the heels of the Nigerian Chief Justice’s absence at the new legal year ceremony of the Supreme Court during which 72 new senior lawyers of Nigeria were sworn in.

In his absence, the event was presided by the next most senior Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, the PUNCH reported.

In April, President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, died two weeks after contracting the deadly coronavirus.

The Presidency’s Spokesman Garba Shehu announced the loss of President Buhari’s top aide in a series of tweets.

Chief Justice Muhammad was called to the bar in 1981. President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad on January 25, 2019, CFR as the Acting Chief Justice of the Federation.

This was after the Presidency suspended the Chief Justice of the Federation Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen based on the Order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad until his appointment, was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 2006.

Prior to that period, he served as a Justice of the Court of Appeal from 1993 to 2006.

He was a Kadi (Judge) at the Sharia court of appeal in Bauchi State, from 1991 to 1993.

Justice Muhammad was also a Provost of the College of Islamic and Legal studies, Bauchi State from 1986 to 1989.

Born December 31st, 1953 Justice Muhammad is a Law graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and also bagged his M.SC and PhD in the same institution of higher learning.

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