Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has resigned as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
Tanko Muhammad reportedly tendered his resignation in a letter to President Muhammadu on Monday, June 27, 2022.
Newstellers Nigeria reports that Tanko’s resignation comes amid the corruption allegations some Supreme Court judges levelled against him.
In a protest memo signed by 14 Supreme Court judges, Muhammad was accused of not giving justices their legitimate entitlements.
The justices said their annual foreign training, meant to enhance capacity building for the country’s judicial process, had been blocked by Muhammad.
The main issues put forward by the justices in their letter through a welfare committee were; non-replacement of poor vehicles; accommodation problem; lack of drugs at the Supreme Court clinic; epileptic electricity supply to the Supreme Court; increase in electricity tariff; no increase in the allowances for diesel; lack of internet services to residences and chambers.
The CJN had replied the judges, giving a breakdown of the expenses that the nation’s apex court made under him.
However, a source close to Muhammad said he resigned his appointment on health grounds. Tanko is reported to be enduring a torrid battle with dementia and heart disease complications.
It would be recalled that Muhammad was appointed on 22 March 2019.