The Nigerian Judiciary system is among the very best in West Africa. No country can succeed in all implications without order. Among the important things that our nation boasts off, is the very best workers that deals with the legal or justice sector of the nation. It is the Chief Justice of the supreme court of Nigeria that is the most valued workplace in Nigerian judiciary helm. After the National Judicial Council of Nigeria makes its suggestions, the president would then select a primary justice.
Given that time immemorial, Nigeria as a country has actually had a great deal of well-qualified attorney makers grace the seat of the Chief justice of Nigeria. Outdoors death and retirement at age 70, one can not be eliminated from the workplace of the chief justice of the Nigerian Supreme Court. In this review, we would be having a look at a thorough list of the Chief Justices of the Nigerian supreme court, from previous till date.
Table Revealing List of Chief Justices of Supreme court in Nigeria
|List of Previous Chief Justices||Period In Workplace|
|Sir Edwin Speed||1914 till 1918|
|Sir Ralph Combe||1918 till 1929|
|Donald Kingdon||1929 till 1946|
|Sir John Verity||1946 till 1954|
|SirStafford Sutton||1955 till 1958|
|SirAdetokunbo Ademola||1958 till 1972|
|Taslim Olawale Elias||1972 till 1975|
|Darnley Arthur Alexander||1975 till 1979|
|Atanda Fatai Williams||1979 till 1983|
|George Sodeinde Sowemimo||1983 till 1985|
|Ayo Gabriel Irikefe||1985 till 1987|
|Mohammed Bello||1987 till 1995|
|Muhammad Lawal Uwais||1995 till 2006|
|Salihu Moddibo Alfa Belgore||2006 till 2007|
|Idris Legbo Kutigi||2007 till 2009|
|Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu||2009 till 2011|
|Dahiru Musdapher||2011 till 2012|
|Aloma Mariam Mukhtar||2012 till 2014|
|Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen||20172019|
|Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad||2019 till date|
Let us imagine another list of Nigeria chief justices prior to the country was joined together into one country under British guideline.
List Of Nigerian Chief Justices Prior To Amalgamation (1914 )
Throughout British guideline, Nigeria was divided into Protectorates. This lasted from the year 1900 to 1914. So let us see the Chief justices of both the northern and southern protectorates, and the year that they served.
Chief justices of the supreme court of Northern protectorate
- Sir Edwin Speed (1908 to 1913)
- Sir M R Mendez (1905 to 1908)
- Henry Cowper Gollan( 1901 to 1905)
- Alastair Davidson (1900 to 1901)
Chief justices of Supreme Court of Southern protectorate
- Willoughby Osborne (1906 to 1913)
- Henry Green Kelly (1900 to 1902)
Who is the Present Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria?
The existing Chief Justice of Nigeria is Hon. Mr Justice I. T. Muhammad. His Lordship was born upon the 31st of December 1953. He had his main education at the Grace main school from the year 1961 up till 1968. He went on to have his secondary education at the Federal government secondary school, Azure from 1969 to 1973. When it comes to his secondary education, he went to college at the Abdullahi Bayero University College in Kano( 1975 to 1976). He went on to study law in ABU (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria) from 1976 to 1980. From 1980 to 1981, he went to Nigerian law school. He likewise had his Masters degree in the exact same University from 1982 till the year 1984.
The existing chief justice of Nigeria when acted as the Magistrate Grade II in Bauchi State Judiciary from 1982 to 1984. He later on increased to the level of senior magistrate Grade II in subsequent years. Around 1986 to 1989, his Lordship was selected as the Provost of the College of Legal and Islamic research studies in Bauchi state. That was around the year 1986 to 1989. From the year 1990 to 1993, he was selected as the Sharia Judge of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Bauchi State. He increased to be the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal from the year 1993 to 2006.
On the 8th of January 2007, his lordship was selected as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He stills holds this honourable position till date.
Who is the Very first Female Chief justice of the Nigerian Supreme Court?
Well, it is not a surprise to identify that ladies are no missing out on in action at the Judiciary front. Nigerian had a woman in the top judiciary workplace in Nigeria, which was throughout Ex-President Goodlucks Program. Her name is Aloma Mariam Mukhar.
Mrs Aloma Mariam Mukhar was born upon the 20th of November 1944. She was contacted us to the English Bar in the year 1966, and consequently, Nigerian bar in the year 1967. Nigerias very first chief jurist of the supreme court was sworn on the 16th of August 2012. She was sworn in as the 13th native chief justice of the federal republic of Nigeria. She was sworn in by the then president, Goodluck Jonathan. Do you understand that this terrific female jurist has a great deal of firsts to her name? well, let us shoot; she is the very first female Jurist from northern Nigeria, she is the very first female jury of the Kano state high court Judiciary, the very first justice of the Nigerian court of appeal, and lastly, the grand ending- the very first female primary justice of the Nigerian supreme court.
In the course of her remarkable profession, she got a great deal of awards. Let us highlight them listed below.
- National honour of the leader of the Niger in the year 2006
- The Gold Benefit Award
- The Nigerian Hall of Popularity in 2005.