Court Strikes Out Suit Challenging Tanko’s Appointment As CJN
President Buhari appointed Justice Muhammad as Acting CJN in January following the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen (image courtesy State House)

A suit challenging the appointment of Justice Tanko Muhammad as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) was on Friday dismissed by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

Justice Iyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court struck out the suit brought by a plaintiff, Omirhobo Foundation, for lack of locus standi to prosecute the case.

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Justice Muhammad’s name was forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday to the Senate for approval as the substantive CJN.

He also sought the approval of the upper legislative chamber to enable him to appoint 15 special advisers.

Buhari’s letters were read at a plenary session by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.

Muhammad was sworn in as the Acting CJN on Jan. 25 immediately after the then CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was suspended by Buhari.