Following the resignation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Mohammed on Monday over alleged ill-health, President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the acting CJN.
Justice Ariwoola, a Muslim, was born on 22 August 1958 and he is currently the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court after Mohammad.
Ariwoola started his educational career in his home town Iseyin at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole, in the Iseyin Local government of Oyo State between 1959 and 1967.
His Lordship studied law at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife and bagged his bachelor of laws degree with honors in July, 1980.
In July 1981, Ariwoola was called to the Nigeria bar and got enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a Solicitor and Advocate soon thereafter.
He was first appointed a Judge of Superior Court of record in Oyo State in 1992 from private legal practice.
He was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court in 2011.
Before his elevation to the Supreme Court, he served as Justice of Court of Appeal in Kaduna, Enugu and Lagos Divisions.
He has attended many International and National conferences and workshops in France, Atlanta Georgia, UK and Dubai, UAE, and he is happily married with children.
Justice Ariwoola will retire in 2028.