7 things to know about new Acting CJN, Tanko Mohammed

Tanko Mohammed

Justice Tanko Mohammed was on Friday sworn in as the new Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), after President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the former CJN, Walter Onnoghen.

Here are seven things you should know about the new acting CJN

1.  Tanko was born on December 31, 1953 at Doguwa, Giade local government area of Bauchi State.

2.  He attended Government Secondary School, Azare, where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate in 1973.

3. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Law in 1980 at Ahmadu Bello University. He later obtained Masters and Doctorate (Ph.D) degrees from the same university in 1984 and 1998 respectively.

4.  He was called to bar in 1981, the same year he graduated from the Nigerian Law School. In 1982, he began his career.

5.  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.

6.  He was appointed to the bench of the Nigerian Courts of Appeal as Justice in 1993.

7.  Tanko was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2006 but was sworn in on January 7, 2007.