Senate confirms Justice Tanko as substantive CJN

Edwin AKWUEH, Abuja

Justice Mahmud Tanko

Nigerian Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

Justice Tanko’s confirmation was unanimously adopted by majority of the Senators present for the screening exercise in the Senate chamber.

Prior to his confirmation, the New CJN had appealed to the parliament to consider amending the country’s criminal laws in a bid to strengthen them for effective fight against corruption.

He also submitted that the remuneration of judicial officials is so Meager that it affects the psychology of members of that arm of the government.

In his remarks, President of the Senate Dr. Ahmad LAWAN assured the New CJN that the Senate will support the judiciary to effectively serve Nigerians in their quest for justice, noting that remuneration issue will be given swift attention.


In another development, Senate also on Wednesday directed the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA to urgently send relief materials to victims of Jos flood and building collapse.

It also advised all relevant agencies in building industry to enforce the stipulated standard by all property developers.

These resolutions were sequel to a point of order on urgent national importance by Senator Senator Istifanus Gyang on the recent multiple tragedies in Jos metropolis caused by flood and building collapse.

In his submission, Gyang  who cited Orders 42 and 52 of Senate rule, noted with grieves tragedy that occurred in Jos following twin tragedies of flood and building collapse resulting in the death of 15 persons ranging from three from the flood and 12 from the building collapse.

The lawmaker also noted that “few days after the tragedy occurred, Jos town was further visited by another tragedy following the collapse of a three storied building resulting in fatalities with several persons sustaining injuries and are now receiving medical attention in various hospitals in the Jos.”

He equally observed that “building collapse is becoming a recurring incidences across the nation due to non adherence to standards giving room to multiple tragedies in Jos Metropolis.”

In their contributions, majority of the Senators sympathized with victims of the Jos tragedy and called for immediate relief for the deceased families.