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Senate confirms Tanko as CJN after intense grilling

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The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria .
The red chamber had , on arrival of Muhammad into the chamber, gone into a closed session to set the template for the screening.

Muhammad , who arrived at the Senate at around 10 : 10 am, was ushered into the chamber around 11 : 13 am.

He was accompanied to the red chamber by top judiciary officers in the country .

The CJN answered questions on corruption , administration of criminal justice and the poor funding of the judiciary.

Muhammad has been acting CJN since January 25 when the then CJN , Justice Walter Onnoghen , was suspended from office over alleged corrupt practices .

President Muhammadu Buhari had , last Thursday , forwarded to the Senate a letter requesting the confirmation of Muhammad as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria .
The President , in the letter of request , said the nomination was sequel to recommendation made to that effect by the National Judicial Council.

The letter , titled , ‘Appointment of Chief Justice of Nigeria, ’ reads : “ In accordance with Section 231 ( 1 ) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 ( as amended ) , which gives the President the power to appoint a Chief Justice of Nigeria on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council and subject to the confirmation of the appointment by the Senate , I have the honour to forward the nomination of Honorable Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed for confirmation as Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“ It is my hope that this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the distinguished Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria .”

In making the confirmation expeditiously , the Senate listed it on its order paper on Tuesday , upon which it resolved to carry out the screening at the committee of the whole on Wednesday , July 17 , 2019 ( today) .

The President of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan , said all the relevant credentials of the acting CJN have been distributed to all the senators for required perusal.

He said, “ Distinguished colleagues , please study the documents already distributed in preparation for screening and possible confirmation of Hon . Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as Chief Justice of Nigeria ,” he said

 

 

Source: https://punchng.com/breaking-senate-confirms-tanko-as-cjn/

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