Justice John Tsoho: Biography and Career

Justice John Tsoho: Biography and Career

The Senate on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 confirmed the appointment of Justice John Tsoho as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that the Senate at Plenary on Oct. 29. They deliberated on President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the confirmation of the nomination of Tsoho for appointment as Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. Let’s take a look at Justice John Tsoho: biography and career.

Justice John Tsoho: Biography and Career


Justice Tsoho hails from Benue State in Nigeria’s North-Central geo-political zone and was born on June 24, 1959.

Justice Tsoho attended St. Anthony’s Primary School, Chenge- Mbaduku between 1967 and 1972. He obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. He obtained his West African School Certificate from St.Michael’s Secondary School, Aiide, where he schooled between 1973 and 1977.

Mr. Tsoho attended Murtala College of Arts for his Advanced Levels study. The Interim Joint Matriculation Board, Science, and Technology, Makurdi, coordinated it between 1978 and 1979.

He enrolled at the University of Lagos where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B Hons) in 1984.

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Justice Tsoho was posted to Delta Palm Limited Port Harcourt, for his compulsory National Youth Service scheme. He plunged into private legal practice before taking up a job in the Benue State judiciary on completion of his youth service in 1986. Mr. Tsoho served as an inspector of Area Courts between January 1986 and December 1987.

A magistrate in the Benue State judiciary appointed him in January 1988. By the time he left that position in March 1996, he had risen through the ranks to become a chief magistrate. In between his role as magistrate, Mr. Tsoho served as an arbitrator in a contractual dispute during the period of February 1994 and June 1994.

On October 9, 1997, he was appointed acting Chief Registrar of the Benue State High Court, a position he held until he was appointed a judge of the Federal High Court on November 12, 1998.

On Friday, July 26, 2019, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, swore in Justice John Terhemba Tsoho as acting Chief Judge (CJ) of Nigeria’s Federal High Court.

His appointment followed the retirement of Justice Adamu AbdulKafarati, who attained the retirement age of 65 years on July 25.

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