Senate confirms Tanko as Chief Justice of Nigeria


The Nigerian Senate has confirmed Justice Muhammadu Tanko as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari had last Thursday written to the Senate, seeking for the confirmation of Justice Tanko as the substantive CJN, but his confirmation was opposed from many quarters.

Tanko appeared before a Senate committee to commence his screening exercise, headed by President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Wednesday, after Abdullahi Abubakar, Senate leader, moved a motion for the confirmation of the acting CJN.

Justice Tanko has been in acting capacity since January 2019 when he took over from the erstwhile Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen who left the office under controversial circumstances.

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