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Buhari swears in Ariwoola as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Olukayode Ariwoola
Written by Ade

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday swore in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The event, which took place at the Presidential Villa followed the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

 Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, who is the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court became a Justice of the apex court on November 22, 2011. He was born on August 22, 1958, and hails from Iseyin, Oyo State.

 He studied Law at the University of Ife bagging a Bachelor of Law degree with Honours in July 1980. He was called to the bar in July 1981.

As a member of the National Youth Service Corps, he was a State Counsel at the Ministry of Justice, Akure, Ondo State, and later a Legal Officer in the Ministry of Justice of Oyo State until 1988 when he voluntarily left the official bar of the State Civil Service for private practice.

He worked as Counsel-in-Chambers of Chief Ladosu Ladapo, SAN, between October 1988 and July 1989 when he established OlukayodeAriwoola& Co – a firm of Legal Practitioners and Consultants in Oyo town in August 1989.

 He was sworn in as a Judge of the High Court on November 2, 1992, and a Judge of the Court of Appeal on November 22, 2005.

Ariwoola served as Chairman, Armed Robbery Tribunal, Oyo State, between May 1993 and September 1996, member of the Election Tribunals in Zamfara and Enugu States in 1999, and on Election Appeal Courts in Port-Harcourt, Enugu, Benin, Yola, and Ilorin at various times.

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