Senate screens Acting CJN behind closed doors
Contrary to expectation of journalists, the Senate went into executive session to screen the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria [CJN], Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad in a substantive capacity on Wednesday.
Muhammad had arrived at the Senate earlier was ushered into the chamber accompanied to by top judiciary officers in the country.
Journalists are waiting to be officially informed of the outcome of the screening
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari, last week, forwarded a letter requesting for confirmation of Muhammad as substantive CJN to the Senate.
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.
“I have the honour to forward the nomination of Honourable Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed for confirmation as Chief Justice of Nigeria.
“It is my hope that this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the distinguished Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The penultimate week, the National Judicial Council [NJC] had recommended Justice Muhammad to the President in the letter request that he be confirmed the substantive CJN.
Meanwhile, 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
Muhammad has been acting as the CJN since January 25, 2019, when the former CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was suspended from office.
More updates on the screening will be made available soon.