Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu: Muslim Supreme Court Judge: Biography, Profile

The newly sworn Supreme Court Judge, Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu was born at Dodowa, a town located in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, it is the district capital of Dangme West district, now Shai Osudoku District. He had his elementary school education at the District Assembly Primary School and the Methodist Middle School both in Dodowa, Greater Accra.

Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu
Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu

Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu attended Ghanata Senior High School between 1970 and 1975, and continued for his sixth form course at the Ghana Senior High School in Koforidua between 1975 and 1977. He obtained his LLB at the University of Ghana and later proceeded to the Ghana School of Law for his professional law course.

List of Judges appointed and sworn-in as High Court Justices by Akufo-Addo

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Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu, after his Law school undertook a pupilage with Azinyo Chambers in Accra where he worked with Nigerian law practices like A.C Matthews & Co, Lagos and was later Associate Member of Alao Aka Bashorum & Co also in Lagos. He also worked as a lawyer in the Federal Republic of Nigeria for 19 years and later set up his own firm in 1997.


The renowned judge, Justice Tanko Amadu also served as the Assistant State Attorney, private legal practitioner, Judge Advocate of the Ghana Navy, Justice of the High Court, Additional High Court Judge sitting on civil matters, narcotics, robbery, and other violent crimes, Director of the Remand Prisoners Project, and long-serving Justice of the Court of Appeal.

Ghana has first Muslim Justice of the Supreme Court since independence

Appointment into Accra High Court

Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu was appointed to the Accra High Court in 2008 during former president John Agyekum Kufour’s era. Four (4) years later, he was promoted to the Court of Appeal until his appointment as a Supreme Court judge by president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu was vetted and approved by the Parliament of Ghana as Supreme Court Judge nominee on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

On Friday, 22nd May, 2020, president Akufo-Addo has officially swore Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu together with Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga as Justices of the Supreme Court.

Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu with the National Chief Imam
Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu with the National Chief Imam

According to the President, the two Justices have both met the stringent requirements of Article 128 clause (4) of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.

During the swearing in ceremony, President Nana Addo indicated that, the newly sworn Justices have demonstrated the independence of spirit, proven integrity, high moral character, and impartiality of mind to hold this high office.

The Chief in Command of the Ghana Armed Forces disclosed that, the swearing in ceremony of Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu means that this is the first time in the history of the Republic of Ghana where a Muslim has been appointed to the highest court of the land.

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