July 11, 2012 – First Female Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Aloma Mukhtar
Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar has made history as she becomes the first female Chief Justice Of Nigeria.
Her appointment was confirmed this after by the Senate one week after her nomination by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The 68-year old woman is set to replace Justice Dahiru Musdapher who retires on July 15.
Mukhtar rejected the idea of a special court for terrorism cases, arguing that doing so will make judges become idle. She however suggested the designation of two or three judges to handle cases relating to terrorism.
Justice Muktar had been a Justice of the Supreme Court since 2005, before her new appointment.
Born in 1944, Mukhtar was called to the English Bar in 1966 and later called to the Nigerian Bar in June 1967.