Justice Tsoho finally sworn in as Acting Chief Judge of Federal High court
Justice Tsoho John has now been sworn in as Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High court, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The ceremony, which took place at the Ceremonial Court of the Supreme Court in Abuja, came over 24 hours after the seat of the head of the Federal High Court had been vacant.
ElombahNews has reported that the ceremony failed to hold as earlier scheduled because CJN Justice Muhammad failed to show up at the event which was fixed for Friday [today] 10am.
Some of the guests that left the venue included a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Michael Andoakaa (SAN); and another Federal High Court judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun.
The former Chief Judge of the FHC, Justice Adamu Kafarati, retired from the bench on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 65 midnight of Thursday.
Tsoho’s inauguration as the Acting Chief Judge was earlier suspended in the morning to await clearance from President Muhammadu Buhari.
It was not clear if Buhari eventually nominated Tsoho to take over as the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court on Friday.
After Tsoho took his oath, the CJN said it was a constitutional provision that the next most senior judge of the court could be appointed as the Acting Chief Judge pending the conclusion for the process of the substantive CJ of the court.