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The Ph.D holder now acting CJN, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad 


President Muhammadu Buhari congratulating newly sworn-in Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Mohammad in Abuja …. yesterday.

Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad (CFR) was born on December 31, 1953 and hails from Doguwa in Giade Council of Bauchi State.

He attended Giade Primary School from 1961 to 1968. Between 1969 to 1973, he was at the Government Secondary School, Azare. His Lordship then proceeded to Abdullahi Bayero University College, Kano for his IJMB from 1975 to 1976. After a 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, His Lordship went back to ABU, Zaria for his Masters Degree in Law (LLM) on part time basis, from 1982 to 1984. In order to update himself in the field of Law, His Lordship returned to ABU, Zaria in 1987 to 1998 and obtained his Doctorate Degree (Ph.D) in Law, also on part time basis.


Justice Tanko Muhammad was appointed Magistrate Grade II in 1982 to 1984 with Bauchi State Judiciary. He rose to Senior Magistrate Grade II from 1984 to 1986. His Lordship was appointed as 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 as Kadi (Judge) of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Bauchi State. His Lordship was elevated to the position of Justice of the Court of Appeal from 1993 to 2006. His Lordship was appointed as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in the year 2006 and was sworn in on January 8, 2007, the appointment he held until yesterday when he was elevated to the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, albeit in acting capacity.

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