The University degree of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad has emerged.
Naija News recalls that Justice Muhammad was on Thursday, July 17 confirmed by the Nigerian Senate after his name was forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari following his confirmation by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
The NJC, chaired by former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Umar Abdullahi, had on July 11 recommended Justice Muhammad to President Buhari for confirmation as substantive CJN.
On Wednesday, July 24, President Buhari swore in Justice Muhammad as the 18th substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
This online news platform understands that the new CJN took his oath office at a brief ceremony inside the presidential conference room in Abuja Nigeria’s capital.
During his screening, CJN Muhammad submitted his certificates to the Nigerian Senate led by Ahmad Lawan but failed to submit his primary school certificate.
The CJN told the Senate that vicious termites invaded his home in Bauchi State, northern Nigeria in 1998 and devoured all documents inside, beyond recovery.
“No portion of the certificate was salvaged,” Mr. Muhammad, who replaced Justice Walter Onnoghen as Nigeria’s CJN, said.
Days after the screening and his swearing-in, his University degree as well as his WAEC certificate which he presented before the Senate has emerged.
The university degree cited by Naija News shows that the CJN graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University in 1980 with a Second Class Honours (Lower Division). He received a bachelor’s degree in Law.
CJN Muhammad later obtained a Master and Doctorate (Ph. D) degree from the same university in 1984 and 1998 respectively.