President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN after suspending CJN Walter Onnoghen.
These are few things you need to know about the new CJN Mohammed.
65-year-old Justice Muhammad, from Bauchi state, is the most senior justice of Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Until his appointment as acting CJN, Mohammed was a justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He was formerly a justice of the Nigerian Court of Appeal
Justice Tanko was born on December 31, 1953, at Doguwa-Giade, a local government area in Bauchi State, northern Nigeria
He attended Government Secondary School, Azare where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate in 1973 before he later proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Law in 1980. He later obtained master and doctorate (Ph. D) degrees from the same university in 1984 and 1998 respectively.
In 1989, he was appointed as Chief Magistrate of the High Court of Federal Capital Territory till 1991. He became a judge at the Bauchi State Sharia Court of Appeal in 1991.
He served as Judge of the Sharia Court for two years and was appointed to the bench of the Nigerian Court of Appeal as justice in 1993. He held this position for thirteen years before he was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2006. He was sworn in on January 7, 2007.
While announcing Onnoghen’s suspension, Buhari said: “It is against this background that I have received the Order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal directing me to suspend the Chief Justice pending final determination of the cases against him. It also explains why I am not only complying immediately, but with some degree of relief for the battered sensibilities of ordinary Nigerians whose patience must have become severely over-taxed by these anomalies.
In line with this administration’s avowed respect for the Rule of Law, I have wholeheartedly obeyed the Order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal dated 23rd January 2019.
Accordingly, I hereby suspend the Honourable Mr. Justice Walter Nkanu Samuel Onnoghen, GCON as the Chief Justice of Nigeria pending final determination of the case against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
“In further compliance with the same Order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, I hereby invite Honourable Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed JSC, being the next most Senior Justice in the Supreme Court, to come forward to take the Judicial Oath as Chief Justice of Nigeria in an Acting Capacity.
“Fellow Nigerians, we can only stand a chance to win the fight against Corruption, and position our dear nation for accelerated development when we stand together to contend against it.