September 16, 2023
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Fresh Questions Raised as Credentials Show New CJN Ariwoola Started School Less Than 1-Year After His Birth



There is a short gap between the date of birth of the newly appointed Chief Justice of Nigeria and when he started primary education


Credentials of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola show that he was barely one year old when he started schooling


According to his credential, the new CJN also spent eight years in primary school before heading to Ansar-Ud-Deen high school, Saki area of Oyo state for his secondary education



On Monday, June 27, President Muhammadu Buhari swore in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the new chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).


The appointment and swearing-in of Ariwoola followed the resignation of the former CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad who resigned his position on Sunday, June 26, on deteriorating health grounds.


However, barely 24 hours after his swearing-in, the credentials filed in by the new CJN seem to have raised some eyebrows.


In what appears to be confusing to many, Ariwoola’s credential reads that he was born on August 22, 1958, in the Iseyin area of Oyo state and started his primary education at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole in 1959, barely one year after his birth.


According to the new CJN’s curriculum vitae, he later spent eight years instead of the normal six years in school before graduating in 1967.


In 1968, Ariwoola joined the Muslim Modern School in Oluwole and graduated in 1969 before heading to Ansar-Ud-Deen high school, Saki area of Oyo, for his secondary education.


His credential further stated that in 1980, Ariwoola obtained his law degree from the University of Ile Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and was later called to the Nigerian Bar in 1981



He later got enrolled as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.


Hours after resuming as acting CJN, Justice Ariwoola, addresses allegations against his predecessor


Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, the acting chief justice of Nigeria had said that there is no controversy at the Supreme Court.


The new chief justice made this statement in reaction to a petition by justices of the apex court against the treatment meted on them by the recently retired CJN Tanko Muhammad.


Justice Ariwoola also assured that with support from his colleagues, the judiciary under his tenure shall not fail Nigerians.




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