The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, has tested positive for COVID-19.
A Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, disclosed this at the unveiling of the national headquarters of the Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said the CJN is currently receiving treatment in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
The CJN was conspicuously absent from Monday’s new legal year ceremony of the Supreme Court during which 72 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria were sworn in.
In his absence, the event was presided over by the next most senior Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour.
There has been in a spike in COVID-19 infections in the country.
So far, 73,374 cases have been confirmed in 36 states and the FCT.