Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Tanko Muhammad, Tests Positive For COVID-19


Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, has tested positive for the coronavirus, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Ibrahim Saulawa disclosed at the unveiling of the national headquarters of the Muslim Lawyers’Association of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said Muhammad is presently receiving treatment in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, making him the second top government official to contract the virus after Abba Kyari, the 67-year-old Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, who died from it.

According to Channels TV, Chief Justice was conspicuously absent at the opening of the 2020/2021 Legal Year and swearing-in of 72 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria on Monday. In his absence, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour administered oaths to the new SANs as the next most senior Justice of the apex court.

Also recently, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, and his wife have gone into isolation after some members of their household tested positive for COVID-19.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu also tested positive for COVID-19, on Saturday, December 12.

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