By Temitope Owotoki
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, on Friday swore in Justice John Tsoho as the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
The ceremony which took place at the Ceremonial Court of the Supreme Court in Abuja came over 24 hours after the seat of the head of the Federal High Court had been vacant.
The former Chief Judge of the FHC, Justice Adamu Abdul-Kafarati, retired from the bench on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 65 midnight of Thursday.
Tsoho’s inauguration as the Acting Chief Judge was earlier suspended in the morning of Friday to await President Muhammadu Buhari’s clearance.
It was later rescheduled to 2.30pm.
After Tsoho took his oath on Friday, the CJN said it was a constitutional provision that only the next most senior judge of the court could be appointed as the Acting Chief Judge pending the conclusion for the process of the substantive CJ of the court.
“The provision of the Constitution is that the position of the Acting Chief Judge will be occupied by the most senior judge of the court until the substantive Chief Judge will be appointed.
“It happens that Justice Tsoho is the most senior judge of the Federal High Court. So, he he has been sworn in in acting capacity.
Justice Tsoho was born on June 24, 1959 in Mbaduku in Benue State.
He obtained his law degree from the University of Lagos in 1984 and was called to Bar in 1985.