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Senate Confirms Tanko Muhammad as CJN


The Senate on Wednesday went into executive session where they confirmed the appointment of Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Justice Tanko Muhammad had been appointed as acting CJN by President Muhammadu Buhari and had been on the seat since January when the former CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was suspended over alleged corrupt practice.

Muhammad who arrived at the Senate around 10:10am was ushered into the chamber around 11:13 am.

He was accompanied to the red chamber by top judiciary officers in the country.

Muhammad has been acting as the CJN since January 25  this year when the then CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was suspended from office on alleged corrupt practices.

President Muhammadu Buhari had last week Thursday forwarded to the Senate a letter requesting for confirmation of Muhammad as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The President in the letter said the nomination was sequel to a recommendation made to that effect by the National Judicial Council.

The letter titled: Appointment of Chief Justice of Nigeria reads “In accordance with Section 231 (1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), which gives the president the power to appoint a Chief Justice of Nigeria on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council and subject to the confirmation of the appointment by the Senate.

“I have the honour to forward the nomination of Honourable Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed for confirmation as Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“It is my hope that this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the distinguished Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday said, all the relevant credentials of the acting CJN, have been distributed to all the Senators for required perusal.



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