This is details on the profile of the new Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammed. It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Nkanu Onnoghen earlier today over corruption allegations.
The acting CJN Mohammed was a justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and formerly a justice of the Nigerian Court of Appeal.
He was born on December 31, 1953, at Doguwa-Giade, a local government area in Bauchi State, northern Nigeria. 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 master and doctorate (Ph. D) degrees from the same university in 1984 and 1998 respectively.
In 1989, he was appointed as Chief Magistrate of the High Court of Federal Capital Territory till 1991 and became a judge at the Bauchi State Sharia Court of Appeal in 1991.
He served as Judge of the Sharia Court for two years and was appointed to the bench of the Nigerian Court of Appeal as justice in 1993. He was there for 13 years before he was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2006. He was sworn in on January 7, 2007.