The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has tested positive for COVID-19.
Following his positive status, the nation’s top jurist has been placed under isolation in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates for his treatment protocols.
Confirming the development, A Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, said that Muhammad was in good shape and responding to treatments.
Briefing newsmen on Tuesday at the unveiling of the national headquarters of the Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria in Abuja, Saulawa, noted that the CJN has been isolated and was receiving care in one of the nation’s treatments centres.
It would be recalled that Muhammad was absent from Monday’s new legal year ceremony of the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court’s Director of Information, Dr Festus Akande, has refuted the Muhammad’s coronavirus positive status, adding that the CJN state of health was perfect.
Through a statement released to debunked the claims, he noted that reports that the head of the Nigerian judiciary was critically sick was false and farther from the truth.
“In furtherance to the press statement earlier issued, I wish to state categorically clear that there is no medical report so far made available by anybody indicating that the Hon. CJN has tested positive for Coronavirus.
“Those peddling the rumour should go a step further to confirm from their sources and equally obtain the copy of whatever laboratory test result they are relying on.
“As of this moment of issuing this statement, no one has so far shown me or any other person in Supreme Court a copy of the test result they are referring to in the report,” he said.