The Red Chamber of the National Assembly on Wednesday confirmed Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
Ariwooola was confirmed at about 12:5pm after answering all the questions asked by the Senators when the Senate resorted to the Committee of the Whole.
During the exercise, the lawmakers requested that the acting CJN be asked to take a bow and go after he successfully responded to questions posed to him during screening.
Senators who asked the CJN questions included the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege; Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Philip Aduda, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, Senator Gabriel Suswam and Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah.
In his reaction, Senate President Ahmad Lawan ratified the decision of the lawmakers that the acting CJN be allowed to take a bow and go.
Thereafter the Senate reverted to plenary where the lawmakers also unanimously approved that the acting CJN’s nomination for appointment as CJN be confirmed by the Senate.
The Senate had earlier screened Ariwoola after the motion for the screening was immediately moved by the Senate Leader, Senator Ibrahim Gobir.
The screening was in order of President Muhammadu Buhari‘s directive following the resignation of former CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad.
Gobir had moved that the Senate resolve into the Committee of the Whole to conduct the screening as well as suspend its relevant rules to admit the acting CJN Ariwoola and his entourage into the chambers.
Some of those that followed Ariwoola to the National Assembly are all Justices of the Supreme Court, President of the Court of Appeal, President of the Federal High Court, President of the National Industrial Court and Secretary of the National Judicial Council.
The delegation was led by the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Babajide Omoworare.