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Meet Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, the Acting CJN

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Acting CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola

The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola was sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari following the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad.

Justice Tanko voluntarily resigned on Monday on health grounds.

Justice Ariwoola, being the next-highest ranking justice of the Supreme court, was inaugurated at the presidential villa in Abuja.

Meet Justice Olukayode Ariwoola

Born to the family of Ariwoola of Iseyin in the sixties, Justice Ariwoola was born on the 22nd of August.

He started school in his home town Iseyin, at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole in Iseyin Local government of Oyo State between 1959 and 1967.

Between 1968 and 1969 he was in the Muslim Modern School in Iseyin before subsequently proceeding to Ansar-Ud-Deen High School, Saki in Oyo North of Oyo State.

Ariwoola graduated from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife, Osun State where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB).

He was called to the Nigerian bar and got enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a Solicitor and Advocate in July 1981.

Ariwoola started his career as a State Counsel on National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the Ministry of Justice, Akure, Ondo State, and later as a Legal Officer in the Ministry of Justice, Oyo State until 1988 when he voluntarily left the State Civil Service for private practice.

He had worked as Counsel in Chambers of Chief Ladosu Ladapo, SAN between October 1988 and July 1989 when he established Olukayode Ariwoola & Co – a firm of Legal Practitioners and Consultants in Oyo town in August 1989 from where he was appointed in November 1992 as a Judge of Oyo State Judiciary.

He was Chairman, Board of Directors, Phonex Motors Ltd – one of Oodua Investment conglomerate between 1988 and 1992, Chairman, Armed Robbery Tribunal, Oyo State between May 1993 and September 1996 when he was posted out of the headquarters, Ibadan to Saki High Court.

Ariwoola before his elevation to the Supreme Court served as Justice of the Court of Appeal in Kaduna, Enugu, and Lagos Divisions.

He is a fellow of the International Dispute Resolution Institute (FIDRI) following his induction in Dubai, U.A.E in 2014.

He has also attended several International and National conferences and workshops in France, Atlanta Georgia, UK, and Dubai, UAE.

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