9 things to know about Nigeria’s acting CJN, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad

9 things to know about Nigeria’s acting CJN, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, January 25, appointed Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

This is following suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeira (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, based on the order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Onnoghen's suspension is pending the completion of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

9 things to know about Nigeria’s acting CJN, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad
President Buhari on Friday, January 25, swore-in Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as acting Chief Justice of Nigeria. Photo credit: Bashir Ahmed. Twitter
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Here are key important facts to be known about the new Chief Justice of Nigeria.

1. Justice Muhammad was born on December 31, 1953 at Doguwa-Giade, a local government area in Bauchi state.

2. He is a Nigerian jurist and Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

3. He was formerly a Justice of the Nigerian courts of appeal.

4. 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.

5. He obtained a Master and Doctorate (PhD) degrees from the same university in 1984 and 1998 respectively.

6. Tanko began his career in 1982, after his Call to Bar in 1981, the same year he graduated from the Nigerian Law School.

7. In 1989, he was appointed as Chief Magistrate of the High Court of Federal Capital Territory, a position he held till 1991 when he became a Judge at the Bauchi State Sharia Court of Appeal.

8. He served in that capacity for two years before he was appointed to the Bench of the Nigerian courts of appeal as Justice in 1993.

9. He held this position for 13 years before he was appointed to the Bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2006 but was sworn in on January 7, 2007.

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Legit.ng previously reported that a three-man panel at the Court of Appeal in Abuja has barred the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) from proceeding with hearing in the false assets declaration filed against the chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.

The panel, in its judgement on Thursday, January 24, granted the interim order pending ruling on the CJN’s application for stay of proceedings.

It would be recalled that the trial of the CJN, over the weeks, has created disparity among lawyers and top civil societies in the country over the constitutionality of the CCT's power to try the highest judiciary officer in the court.

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