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Following Order Of The Code Of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Dated January 23, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari On January 19, 2019 Suspended The Chief Justice Of Nigeria (Cjn), Justice Walter Onnoghen, From Office.

The Cct Ordered Justice Onnoghen To Step Aside As The Cjn Pending The Determination Of 6-Count Charge Brought Against Him Before The Tribunal For False Asset Declaration At The Code Of Conduct Bureau (Ccb).

To Avoid A Vacuum In The Judiciary, President Buhari Swore In Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed, Being The Next Most Senior Justice Of The Supreme Court As The Acting Chief Justice Of Nigeria.

Justice Muhammed Have Been An Education Administrator And Jurist. Perhaps, The Most Interesting Thing About Him Is That Little Is Ever Heard About Him. But He Will Go Down The Record As The First Phd Holder To Become Cjn.

Besides, Justice Tanko As He Is Often Called, Has Never Been Mentioned In Any Scandal Within Or Outside The Judiciary. His Name Has Never Been Dragged Into Any Controversy, Neither Anybody Or Litigant Has Mentioned Him In Any Petition Throughout His Judicial Career.

Though Hardly Seen Laughing Jocularly, But No One Easily Cracks Jokes Like Him, Notwithstanding Jokes Are Often Sarcastic Or Mocking. 

Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad Was Born On December 31, 1953. He Hails From Doguwa, Giade Local Government Of Bauchi State. He Attended Primary School At Giade Primary School From 1961 To 1968. He Proceeded To Government Secondary School, Azare From The Year 1969 To 1973.

His Lordship Then Proceeded To Abdullahi Bayero University College, Kano For His Ijmb From 1975 To 1976. After Successful Completion Of His Course, His Lordship Got Admission To Read Law At Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria From 1976 To 1980. He Attended Nigerian Law School From 1980 To 1981.

In Furtherance Of His Educational Career, Justice Muhammad Went Back To The Prestigious Abu, Zaria For His Master’s Degree In Law (Llm) On A Part-Time Basis, From 1982 To 1984. In Order To Update Himself In The Field Of Law, His Lordship Went Back To Abu, Zaria In 1987 To 1998 And Obtained His Doctorate Degree (Phd) In Law, Also On A Part-Time Basis.

Justice I. T. Muhammad, Cfr Was Appointed As Magistrate Grade Ii From 1982 To 1984 With Bauchi State Judiciary. He Rose To Senior Magistrate Grade Ii From 1984 To 1986. His Lordship Was Appointed The Provost, College Of Legal And Islamic Studies, Bauchi From 1986 To 1989.

He Was Appointed Chief Magistrate/Deputy Chief Registrar, High Court Of The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja From 1990 To 1991. From 1991 To 1993, He Was Appointed Kadi (Judge) Of The Sharia Court Of Appeal, Bauchi State.

Justice Muhammad Was Elevated To The Position Of Justice Of The Court Of Appeal From 1993 To 2006. His Lordship Was Appointed Justice Of The Supreme Court Of Nigeria In The Year 2006 And Was Sworn In On The 8Th Of January 2007, The Appointment He Holds Till Date

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