Wednesday, 11 July 2012


After about over hour drilling, the senate today confirmed the nomination of Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar as the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria. 

Fielding questions from senators, Justice Mukhtar kicked against proposed plan to set up special courts to tackle cases relating to terrorism and financial crimes saying that as time goes on such courts may lose its relevance. 

She however advocated that two or three judges should be designated to try such cases for speedy resolution. 

The new Chief Justice of Nigeria also vowed to take steps to curtail the unnecessary granting of bails to arrested members of the Boko Haram and terrorists in Nigeria. 

 The senate President Senator David Mark in a remark urged Justice Mukhtar to bring her over 40 years at the bar to bear in the efforts to reform the judiciary. 

The new CJN would be sworn in on Monday by President Goodluck Jonathan at the presidential villa. 

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