Buhari Nominates Justice Muhammad To Replace Onnoghen As Substantive CJN
President Buhari appointed Justice Muhammad as Acting CJN in January following the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen (image courtesy State House)

The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Tanko Muhammad was on Thursday nominated as substantive CJN by President Muhammadu Buhari.

This comes after the National Judicial Council (NJC) had on Wednesday recommended Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad to Buhari for confirmation as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

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Muhammad’s name was read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan, on the floor of the Senate.

Buhari urged the Senate to accord the confirmation of Justice Muhammed for speedy consideration.

Justice Muhammad will replace Justice Walter Onnoghen who was suspended by President Buhari after being charged with false assets declaration at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

He was later convicted and banned from holding any public office for the next 10 years, before tendering his resignation which the Federal Government accepted and retired him.