BREAKING: APC Controlled Senate Confirms Tanko As CJN

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The Nigerian Senate, controlled by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has confirmed the appointment of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The confirmation took place on Wednesday after Mr. Muhammad was screened by the upper house of legislature in a closed session.

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

He was been acting CJN since January 25 when the then CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was controversially suspended from office by President Buhari over alleged corrupt practices.

Mr. Buhari had last Thursday forwarded to the Senate a letter requesting the confirmation of Muhammad as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The President stated in the letter that the request followed the recommendation made to that effect by the National Judicial Council.

The letter, titled, ‘Appointment of Chief Justice of Nigeria,’ read, “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.”

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