The Senate on Wednesday at an executive session screened Hon Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria in a substantive capacity. President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan announced the confirmation at the plenary few minutes after Muhammad was screened by the lawmakers.
Tanko Muhammad who arrived at the Senate exact 10:10am was ushered into the chamber around 11:13 am by the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly matter, Senate, Senator Ita Enang.
Some top judicial officers also accompanied him to the red chamber.
Muhammad has been in acting capacity as the CJN since January 25 this year when the then CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was suspended from office on alleged corrupt practices.
President Muhammadu Buhari had last week Thursday forwarded to the Senate, a letter requesting for confirmation of Muhammad as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.
The President in the letter of request said the nomination was sequel to a recommendation made to that effect by the National Judicial Council.
The letter titled : Appointment of Chief Justice of Nigeria reads ” 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.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said all the relevant credentials of the acting CJN, have been distributed to all the Senators for required perusal.
He said, “Distinguished colleagues, please study the documents already distributed in preparation for screening and possible confirmation of Hon Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as Chief Justice of Nigeria,” he said.