Onnoghen, first CJN from the south in 30 years

By Sandra Onyekwere

Acting Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen will be screened today by the nation’s Red chambers. Senate President Bukola Saraki, announced this at the resumption of plenary on Tuesday.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on 10th November, 2016, appointed Justice Walter Onnoghen as Acting CJN, being the most senior Judge following the retirement of Justice Mahmud Mohammed.

However, despite pressure from well-meaning Nigerians, President Buhari did not forward Onnoghen’s name to the Senate as required by law till he left the country on vacation that has turned out to be indefinite.

www.gongnews.net checks showed that Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, on 8th February, sent in Justice Onnoghen’s name to the Senate for confirmation.

Should Justice Onnoghen be confirmed after the ceremony as expected, he would be the first CJN from Southern Nigeria in the last 30 years to mount the exalted seat.

The last Southerner that occupied the position was Justice Ayo Gabriel Irikefe, 1985– 1987. Justice Onnoghem has seven years to spend on the seat.


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