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Senate confirms Justice Mohammed as new CJN

THE Senate, yesterday, confirmed the nomination of Justice Mahmud Mohammed for appointment as Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, as requested by President Goodluck Jonathan last week.

The confirmation came, following the successful screening of the nominee by the Senate during plenary.

The President had, last week, forwarded the name of Justice Mohammed to the Red Chamber for confirmation as the nation’s new CJN, after nominating him for the position.

Jonathan, in a letter to the Senate, said his action was in accordance with Section 231 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

Earlier, Justice Mohammed, who was accompanied to the Senate chamber by the outgoing CJN, Justice Aloma Mukhtar, while answering questions from some senators during the screening, blamed the delay in the dispensation of justice in the country on judges, just as he opposed the establishment of special court to handle corruption cases.

He said: “I do not support the creation of special courts to specifically deal with cases of corruption and so on. It is human beings who are managing the courts. It is not the court itself.

“No matter who you put there, if his integrity is not in good shape, you will see that the matters will not move.

”The name of the court does not matter. It is the personnel in the court that counts.”

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