The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has tested positive for COVID-19.
A Justice of the Supreme Court, Ibrahim Saulawa, disclosed this at the unveiling of the national headquarters of the Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said the CJN was receiving treatment in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, was conspicuously absent at the Monday’s new legal year ceremony of the Supreme Court where he was scheduled to preside over the inauguration of 72 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria.
The absence of the CJN was noticed at about 10.02 am when the other 19 Justices of the apex court filed into the courtroom, marking the commencement of the programme.
The reason for Justice Muhammad’s absence was not disclosed as the event began immediately with the administering of oaths to the new SANs.