Senate confirms Tanko Muhammad as Chief Justice of Nigeria

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN).

He was confirmed on Wednesday after screening by Senators, to succeed Justice Walter Onnoghen, who resigned following some false asset declaration.

The confirmation followed a two-hour question and answer session between the senators and Muhammad, who had been in acting capacity as CJN since January.

President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan announced the confirmation after a voice vote at plenary on Wednesday.

Breaking! Senate screens Justice Tanko behind closed doors

Muhammad who entered the National Assembly complex at exactly 10:10 a.m., went into closed-door session with the lawmakers at 11:13 a.m. and left by 1.06p.m.

The Senate, contrary to the earlier promise that they would screen him in the open plenary, retired into an executive session to do so.

President Muhammadu Buhari last week, requested the confirmation of Mohammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, following the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

Justice Muhammad was first appointed in January after Buhari suspended Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen.

The new CJN provided answers to questions from the senators in areas like financial autonomy of the judiciary, concept of imprisonment and corruption in the judiciary.

He also spoke on the concept of individualism and collectivism in administration of justice as it affects criminal matters.

Muhammad spoke extensively on the roles expected of the parliament in addressing alleged rot in the judiciary.

He urged National Assembly and states Houses of Assembly to review the criminal laws in the country to effectively fight corruption.

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