Chief Justice resigns amid corruption, misconduct allegations by Supreme Court Judges
The Chief Justice of Nigeria Tanko Muhammad has announced his resignation following allegations of impropriety and corruption from at least 14 other Supreme Court justices.
According to four Supreme Court sources who spoke with Peoples Gazette on Monday morning, Mr Muhammad’s resignation will be effective immediately.
The news was verified to Peoples Gazette on Monday morning by a Supreme Court spokeswoman, who added that more information about its origin would be made public.
Last Monday, The Gazette released a number of articles from a protest letter written by the Supreme Court justices, accusing Mr Tanko of corruption, misbehaviour, and disregard for employee welfare.
“We are serving this Country diligently and to the best of our ability. We resolve disputes between the Executive and the Legislature including all manner of disagreements, between governments and individuals…It would be a tragedy if the Nigerian Public were to know that we are unable to resolve our own problems internally without going public,” the letter said. “The decision to write to you formally must be seen by Your Lordship as an effort on our part to preserve the dignity of the Judiciary and the respect accorded to us by Governments and people of Nigeria.”
Court analysts deemed the unusual accusations historically explosive and warned they could damage the court’s reputation.
In his response to the justices, Mr Tanko disclaimed all responsibility for any crime and accused them of dancing immodestly in the marketplace.
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