President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

This was sequel to the sacking of ex-CJN Walter Onnoghen on Friday.

The following is what we know about Justice Muhammad, according to his citation on Wikipedia.

  • Justice Muhammad was born on 31 December, 1953 at Doguwa – Giade, a local government area in Bauchi State.
  • He is a Nigerian jurist and Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
  • He was formerly a Justice of the Nigerian courts of appeal.
  • He attended Government Secondary School, Azare, where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate in 1973 before he later proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Law in 1980.
  • He later obtained a Master and Doctorate (PhD) degrees from the same university in 1984 and 1998 respectively.
  • Tanko began his career in 1982, after his Call to Bar in 1981, the same year he graduated from the Nigerian Law School.
  • In 1989, he was appointed as Chief Magistrate of the High Court of Federal Capital Territory, a position he held till 1991 when he became a Judge at the Bauchi State Sharia Court of Appeal.
  • He served in that capacity for two years before he was appointed to the Bench of the Nigerian courts of appeal as Justice in 1993.
  • He held this position for 13 years before he was appointed to the Bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2006 but was sworn in on January 7, 2007.

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