Indications emerged on Tuesday that President Goodluck Jonathan has accepted the National Judicial Council’s (NJC) recommendation of Justice Mahmud Mohammed’s appointment as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
The present CJN, Justice Aloma Mukhtar, will retire on November 20 when she will have attained the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.
It was learnt that President Jonathan has written to the NJC to notify it of his acceptance of Justice Mohammed. What is now left is for Mohammed’s name to be forwarded to the Senate for confirmation.
NJC last week recommended Justice Mohammed to the President for the post.
The NJC’s recommendation followed the nomination of three most senior Justices of the Supreme Court by the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC).
Justice Mohammed, who hails from Jalingo in Taraba State, is the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court and was born on November 10, 1946.
A brief biography reveals that Mohammed earned his Bachelor’s degree in Law (LL.B) at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1970, after which he attended the Nigerian Law School, in Lagos and was subsequently called to the bar in 1971.
Justice Mohammed began his career in public service with the ministries of Justice of the defunct Northeastern state and Gongola State. He also worked with the judiciary of the defunct Gongola State.
In 1991, he was appointed the Acting Chief judge of Taraba State and later confirmed the substantive Chief Judge in the same year.
Prior to his appointment as a Justice of the Supreme Court in 2005, he was Justice of the Court of Appeal, and then presiding justice.