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Tanko Confirmed As CJN


The appointment of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, was on Wednesday (today) confirmed by the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly.

Before his eventual confirmation, Justice Muhammad had answered questions on corruption, administration of criminal justice and the poor funding of the judiciary.

It would be recalled that Justice Muhammad had been operating in acting capacity since January 25, 2019, when the then CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was suspended from office over alleged corrupt practices.

Before today's confirmation of Justice Muhammad as CJN, President Muhammadu Buhari had last Thursday, forwarded to the Senate a letter requesting the confirmation of Justice Muhammad as substantive CJN.

In his letter entitled, ‘Appointment of Chief Justice of Nigeria,’ President Buhari said, “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 Honorable 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.”

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