Senate on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.The Senate screened the most senior justice as a presidential nominee for chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).
President Goodluck Jonathan last week Wednesday nominated Mukhtar to be the CJN, the confirmation means that she takes over from Dahiru Musdapher, and will be sworn in as the new CJN on Monday, July 16. The Supreme court will mark this transition with a valedictory service on Friday July13, a day before Musdapher officially retires.
Born on November 20, 1944, she attended St. George’s Primary School, Zaria, St. Bartholomew’s School, Wusasa, Zaria, Rossholme School for Girls, East Brent, Somersets, England, Reading Technical College, Reading, Berkshire England, Gibson and Weldon College of Law and was called to the English Bar in Absentia in November, 1966.
Mukthar's work as chief registrar of Kano State judiciary set the stage for her becoming the first female judge of the High Court in the Kano State judiciary in 1977.
Mukthar has achieved many firsts in her career; she is the first female lawyer from the north, the first female to be elevated to the Court of Appeal where she was a presiding justice between 1993 and 2005 and the first woman to sit as a justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.