The Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) has recommended Justice Mahmud Mohammed as the replacement to Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN.
Mukhtar, who is Nigeria’s first ever female CJN will retire on her 70th birthday on Thursday, November 20, 2014.
The FJSC on Thursday, October 23, 2014 convened and unanimously settled for Mohammed to be confirmed by the National Judicial Council (NJC) and forwarded to President Goodluck Jonathan.
The NJC – which Mahmud serves as deputy chairman – will meet on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 to decide on the recommendation and are expected to forward Mohammed’s name to the president for appointment.
Justice Mohammed is a native of Jalingo, the Taraba state capital and was born on Sunday, November 10, 1946. He obtained his bachelor’s degreee at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, after which he went to Nigerian Law School, Lagos and was called to the bar in 1971.
He has had an illustrious career, which saw him work in the ministry of justice of the old North Eastern and Gongola and served as on the bench of Gongola state. He later served as chief judge of Taraba.
Mohammed went on to serve as a justice and later a presiding justice of the court of appeal before he was appointed as a justice in the Supreme Court
Mohammed, who is married with children holds the national honours of Commander of Order of the Niger (CON) and Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR)