10 things you probably do not know about CJN Tanko Mohammad
It is no longer news that Tanko Mohammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria has resigned.
The resignation was made public Monday morning and confirmed to media houses by his Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Yusuf Isah.
But here are 10 things you probably do not know about Tanko Muhammad:
1) Justice Tanko Muhammad, a Fulani, was born on December 31, 1953.
2) He hails from Doguwa, in the Giade Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
3) He attended Giade Primary School from 1961 to 1968 and proceeded to Government Secondary School, Azare, in 1969 where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate in 1973.
4) For his tertiary education, Tanko attended the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he received an LL.B. degree in Islamic Law, from 1976 to 1980.
5) He later obtained an LL.M. degree and a Ph.D in law from the same university in 1985 and 1998 respectively.
6) Tanko was called to bar in 1981, the same year he graduated from the Nigerian Law School, and began his career in 1982.
7) Tanko held the following positions and professional appointments:
- Magistrate Grade II with Bauchi State Judiciary (1982 – 1984)
- Magistrate Grade I & Ag. Snr Magistrate Grade II ( 1984 – 1986)
- Senior Magistrate II (May 1986 – July 1986)
- Provost, College of Legal and Islamic Studies, Bauchi (1986 to 1989)
- Deputy Chief Registrar/Chief Magistrate, FCT High Court (1989 – 1991)
- Judge (Kadi), Bauchi Region Sharia Court of Appeal (1991 – 1993)
- Justice of the Court of Appeal (1993 – 2006)
8) He was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2006 but was sworn in on January 7, 2007.