Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Dahiru Musdapher, has sent in his notification informing the federal government of his impending retirement come next July.
Premium Times gathered from a reliable Justice Ministry source that Mr. Musdapher, who assumed office last September 26, 2011 following the retirement of his predecessor, has already submitted the name of a female nominaee, Mariam Aloma, a Justice of the Supreme Court, who is the most senior official in his office, as his successor.
“The CJN has not resigned as is being misconstrued in some quarters,” the senior Ministry official who spoke with our reporter on the issue on condition of anonymity, said.
“He is following a normal course, as he will attain the age of 70 in July, which is the mandatory retirement age for judges in the country. So, he is following due process in the service by submitting his letter of formal notification that his service career is coming to an end on that date when he plans to take his exit after years of meritorious service.
“His submission of the name of the name of the most senior official in the legislative arm of government as his successor is also procedural, since there should not be any vacuum in the line of authority in the judicial system, even as he is retiring from service.”
With the notification letter, which was reportedly submitted on Wednesday, the outgoing CJN would be proceeding on his terminal vacation prior to his formal exit from service in July.