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Senate confirms Muhammad as substantive CJN

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The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, confirmed Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

The development came after Muhammad, who has been serving as CJN in acting capacity since April, was screened at a Senate closed door session that lasted from 11:43am to 1:18pm.

Buhari had on January 25, after the suspension of the former CJN, Walter Onnoghen, over alleged assets declaration offence, named Muhammad as acting CJN.

In April, he extended his service as acting CJN by three months.

Three months later, precisely on July 10, the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended the appointment of Justice Muhammad as substantive CJN to Buhari.

A day after the NJC recommendation, Buhari approved the appointment and in a letter to the Senate asked them to speedily consider confirmation of Muhammad as substantive CJN.

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On July 16, five days after Buhari’s letter, the Senate invited Muhammad to appear before it for screening.

Ripples Nigeria had reported that Muhammad arrived the Senate chamber to be screened and possibly confirmed as CJN few minutes after 10 am.

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