Judiciary & Court
Who is acting CJN Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad?
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as acting Chief Justice of Nigeria following the suspension of embattled Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Justice Muhammed is a Nigerian jurist and Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He was formerly a Justice of the Nigerian courts of appeal.
Born 31 December 1953 at Doguwa – Giade local government area in Bauchi state, he attended Government Secondary School, Azare where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate in 1973.
He then proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Law in 1980.
He later obtained a Master and Doctorate (Ph. D) degree from the same university in 1984 and 1998 respectively.
Tanko began his career in 1982, after he was Call to the 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 thirteen years before he was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2006 but was sworn in on January 7, 2007.