Chief Justice of Nigeria

The judiciary arm of Nigeria is headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria or CJN. The Chief Justice of Nigeria presided over The Supreme Court of Nigeria, the Nigerian apex court. Since the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914, the Chief Justice have been appointed to head the Judiciary system.

The first Chief Justice of Nigeria was Sir Edwin Speed. However, towards Nigerian Independence, Sir Adetokunbo Ademola was appointed as the first indigenous Chief Justice of Nigeria. Aloma Mariam Mukhtar was the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria is appointed by the president and confirmed by the upper chambers of the National Assembly, the Senate.

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List of Chief Justice of Nigeria till date.

Chief Justice

Term

Sir Edwin Speed

1914–1918

Sir Ralph Combe

1918–1929

Donald Kingdon

1929–1946

Sir John Verity

1946–1954

Sir Stafford Sutton

1955–1958

Sir Adetokunbo Ademola (First Indigenous Chief Justice of Nigeria)

1958–1972

Taslim Olawale Elias

1972–1975

Darnley Arthur Alexander

1975–1979

Atanda Fatai Williams

1979–1983

George Sodeinde Sowemimo

1983–1985

Ayo Gabriel Irikefe

1985–1987

Mohammed Bello

1987–1995

Muhammad Lawal Uwais

1995–2006

Salihu Moddibo Alfa Belgore

2006–2007

Idris Legbo Kutigi

2007–2009

Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu

2009–2011

Dahiru Musdapher

2011–2012

Aloma Mariam Mukhtar (First Female Chief Justice of Nigeria)

2012–2014

Mahmud Mohammed

2014–2016

Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen

2017–2019

Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad

2019–present

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