By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA- The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, today, swore-in Justice Daniel Dantshoho Abutu as the acting Chief Judge of the Federal high court.
The CJN who performed the swearing-in ceremony in his chambers at the Supreme Court today, said that President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua had already okayed Abutu for the position.
He said Abutu will however resume duty in acting capacity pending when Senate which is presently on recess, would finally confirm him as Chief Judge.
Abutu is takingÂ over from Justice Mustapha Abdullahi, who retired as the Chief Judge of the Federal high court on September 4, 2009.
â€œThis is supposed to be a full ceremony. His confirmation is already before the Senate, just that they are currently on recess and in order not to create a vacuum as the former Chief Judge is retired, President Yarâ€™Adua therefore approved that he should be sworn in in acting capacity pending his confirmation when the Senate reconvenesâ€ theCJN added.
Justice Kutigi however implored the acting CJ, to abide by the oath of his office and ensure the supremacy of rule of law in the discharge of the responsibilities of his new position.
It would be recalled that the CJN had earlier sworn in, in batches, fourteen newly appointed federal high court judges recently.