- The allegations made against former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Tanko Muhammad will not be swept under the carpet
- This was the decision of the Senate during its plenary session on Tuesday, June 28, a day after Muhammad resigned
- This resolution of the red chamber was informed by a motion sponsored by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele
Abuja - The Senate on Tuesday, June 28, said it will probe the corruption allegations made against former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Tanko Muhammad.
This decision of the red chamber came after a motion by the chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, The Nation reports.
Bamidele's motion was titled:
“Matter of urgent public importance on the state of affairs in the Supreme Court of Nigeria and demand by Justices of the court, pursuant to rules 41 and 51 of the Senate Standing Orders, 2022 (as amended).”
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Details of how Ex-CJN Tanko Muhammad was reportedly ‘forced’ to resign emerge
On Monday, June 27, the Nigerian media space was set agog with news of the resignation of Muhammad on health grounds.
Tanko's resignation was a result of high-level intrigues among key officials of the judiciary.
Sources familiar with the incident said the plan to oust the ex-CJN had been ongoing for a long time but was only perfected and executed on Sunday, June 26.
According to a source, there were indications that all was not well when the ex-CJN who was expected to speak at the opening programme of the training on alternative dispute resolution for judges at the National Judicial Institute (NJI) in Abuja.
The source said while Tanko did not attend the event, no prior notice was sent and the ex-CJN also failed to send in a representative on his behalf.
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President Buhari breaks silence on former CJN's resignation, confers biggest Nigerian award to Tanko
Tanko received the award from the president hours after he resigned on health grounds as the CJN and handed office over to his successor, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.
Congratulating the former CJN for his service to the judiciary and the country, President Buhari said Tanko dealt firmly with the issues of the reckless and indiscriminate grant of ex-parte orders that was assuming serious dimensions.