President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the resignation of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Sunday.
“President Buhari has accepted the voluntary retirement from service of Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria, effective from May 28, 2019,” the statement read.
“The president thanked Justice Onnoghen for his service to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and wished him the best of retirement life.”
Reports emerged in April that Onnoghen had tendered his resignation just one day after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended that he be compulsorily retired for misconduct.
Onnoghen, who is 68, was due for retirement in 2020 but would have lost his retirement benefits worth about N2.5bn if he had been dismissed by the President.
He was sworn into office on March 7, 2017.