Biography on Muhammad Tanko Ibrahim

Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad , CFR is a Nigerian Jurist , Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria. He was formerly a Justice of the Nigerian courts of appeal.

Justice Tanko was born on December 31, 1953 at Doguwa – Giade, a local government area in

Bauchi State , Northern Nigeria .

Educational background

He attended Government Secondary School, Azare where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate in 1973 before he later proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Law in 1980. He later obtained a Master and Doctorate (Ph. D) degree from the same university in 1984 and 1998 respectively.

Legal career

Hon. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR was appointed as Magistrate Grade II from 1982 to 1984 with Bauchi State Judiciary. He rose to Senior Magistrate Grade II from 1984 to 1986. His Lordship was appointed as the Provost, College of Legal and Islamic Studies, Bauchi from 1986 to 1989.

He was appointed Chief Magistrate/Deputy Chief Registrar, High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja from 1990 to 1991. From 1991 to 1993, he was appointed as Kadi (Judge) of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Bauchi State.

Justice Muhammad was elevated to the position of Justice of the Court of Appeal from 1993 to 2006. His Lordship was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in the year 2006 and was sworn in on the 8th of January 2007, the appointment he holds till date.

Government appointment

He was appointed acting chief justice of the supreme court of Nigeria by president muhammadu buhari replacing Walter onnoghen Samuel nkanu. He assumed office on 25th january, 2019.

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