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Mohammed Tanko Confirmed as CJN, Urges Legislature to Review Criminal Laws

Mohammed Tanko Confirmed as CJN, Urges Legislature to Review Criminal Laws

Doris Ukaonu
Justice Tanko Mohammed

Justice Tanko Mohammed has been confirmed by the Senate as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

This was reported yesterday July 17 by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Mohammed’s confirmation comes exactly seven days after President Muhammadu Buhari sent a letter to the National House of Representatives nominating him as Chief Justice of the Federation.

The confirmation took place at the National Assembly complex in Abuja where the senators engaged Mohammed in a two-hour question and answer session.

Mohammed replied extensively the questions from the senators which involved the financial autonomy of the judiciary, the concept of imprisonment and corruption in the judiciary.

He urged the National Assembly and states Houses of Assembly to review the criminal laws in the country to tackle corruption effectively.

Responding to an observation raised by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central) that the rate of corruption in Nigeria’s judiciary was an eyesore, the chief justice admitted an element of corruption in the judicial arm and said “Nigerian judiciary is part of the Nigerian system. Therefore, I’m not surprised if some judges are corrupt, that doesn’t mean that those judges should not be identified and dealt with.

“The most worrisome of it is that it happens at the lowest ebb of the courts. This is where the main problem arises.

“Let me say generally that, corruption is inherent in the person who is corrupt and the person who is corrupted. But all of them should be made to face the music”.

He urged the National Assembly and states Houses of Assembly to review the criminal laws in the country to tackle corruption effectively.

“The parliament should sanitize society. Much as we in the judiciary want to do that, the parliament should make new laws and amend old ones,” he said.

On judicial autonomy, Mohammed said the Judiciary has started seeing the autonomy although not in all states. According to him, some states deny the judiciary monthly grants to run its offices.

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The President of the Senate thanked the new CJN for attending to all the questions. He also gave his word that the 9th Senate will be supportive of the judiciary.

“We must ensure that the judiciary is properly funded and remunerated. If we are asking them to live above board. We should do the right thing,” Lawan said.

According to NAN, Mohammed’s confirmation followed after the lawmakers previewed his curriculum vitae (CV) which was attached to a recommendation by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

At 1.15 pm yesterday, Lawan asked Justice Mohammad to take a bow after senators unanimously approved his confirmation.

Thereafter at exactly 1.20 pm, the Senate confirmed his appointment and announced him as Chief Justice of the Nigeria.

 

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