Senate confirms Tanko Muhammad as Chief Justice



The Senate has confirmed Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Justice Muhammad was confirmed after screening by the Senate.

The screening lasted for about 90 minutes and he responded to questions on the independence of the judiciary, administration of criminal justice, corruption and the poor funding of the judiciary.

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

Buhari’s letter of request was a sequel to the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to make Justice Tanko the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Mr Muhammad was first appointed in January after the president suspended Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, who was accused of false declaration of asset.

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