Federal Judicial Service Commission recommends new Chief Justice of Nigeria

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed; Photo: Mahmud Mohammed
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed; Photo: Mahmud Mohammed

The Federal Judicial Service Commission has recommended Justice Walter Onnoghen to the National Judicial Council for further recommendation to President Muhammadu Buhari as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Mr. Onnoghen is to replace Justice Mahmud Mohammed whose tenure ends November 10.

Sources within the NJC confirmed that the recommendation was made on Wednesday night, to formally commence steps towards ensuring that the office of the CJN does not remain vacant at the end of Mr. Mahmud’s tenure.

Mr. Mahmud’s departure is sequel to his attainment of the compulsory retirement age of 70.

Mr. Onnoghen, a native of Biase Local government area of Cross Rivers State, was born on December 22, 1950.

He attended the Presbyterian Primary School, Okurike Town in Biase, LGA, from 1959 to 1965.

He had his secondary education in Ghana, from 1967 to 1972.

He proceeded to the Accra Academy in 1972 and obtained an A’ Level, before going to the University of Ghana, Lagon, between 1974 and 1977.

In 1977, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in law and graduated with a second Class Upper Division.

He attended the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos, between 1977 and 1978 for his B.L certificate.

Mr. Onnoghen has worked with the Pupil State Counsel, Ministry of Justice, in Ikeja, Lagos and Ogun State between 1978 and 1979. He became a partner in the Law Firm of Effiom Ekong and Company in Calabar between 1979 and 1988.

In 1988, he became Principal Partner and Head of Chamber of Walter Onneghen and Associates in Calabar and the following year, he was appointed a high court judge, under the Cross Rivers state judiciary.

He held that position till 1998.

He was also appointed Chairman, Cross Rivers State Armed Robbery and Fire Arms Tribunal in 1990. He held that position for three years.

Mr. Onnoghen became chairman, Judicial Enquiry into the Crisis between Students of the University of Calabar and Obufa Esuk Orok Community of the state in 1996.

He was appointed chairman, Failed Bank Tribunal, Ibadan Zone, in 1998

He became a judge of High Court of Rivers State in 1992.

In 1998, he was made a Justice of the Court of Appeal and was there till 2005 when he became Judge of the Supreme Court.

He is member of the Supreme Court’s body of benchers and a life bencher.

He is also a fellow of the Chattered Institute of Arbitrators.

The appointment of the new Chief Justice will be done by President Buhari.


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  • George

    First time non-Hausa will become Chief Justice of the Federation I just hope the Northerners won’t annul this blessing coming to the Southerners.

    Lets watch and see the next excuses.

    • Troy

      Pathetic Wailer. You are scared of your own Shadow! Be happy for your so-called fellow southerner na!

      • Buhari d daft cow.

        Shut up u little piece of shit.

        • Troy

          You big piece of Shit!

          • Buhari d daft cow.

            I said it that u are full of shit like buhari.

          • George

            cONFUSED bUHARI IS RAT

    • Papajoh

      That’s if they do not retire him to promote one of their own as they did with the Nigeria (Northern) Police.

    • my south

      Mumu are the Fulanis your Masters now—————-

    • tundemash

      D@ft as usual.
      Monkey, if you were born in 1987 and u think the office Chief Justice of Nigeria started in 1987 , then you are right !

    • Mufu Ola

      Pettiness is never far from u.

    • James Hope

      You can’t be that ignorant. Check the history of CJNs since independence.

    • Gwazy

      I don’t think k that matters. What we need is judge whose past judgments and work on the bench were exaplary as such any Nigerian will do. The presido am sure will look at his resume to determine if he is fit for the job

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  • vagabonds in power

    “I Will Bomb Jonathan, Give His Wife To My Dog To Rape”. – Buhari’s Supporter In Kaduna.

    A fanatic supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari wrote on his facebook timeline that, “If I lay my hands on explosives, I would blow up Jonathan Goodluck a million times, Kill his mother, his father and make Patience (His wife) sleep with my dog”.

    This man, Mr Chidi Martins Junior claimed to be living in Kaduna, hails from Imo state and studied at the Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna

    • Rommel

      This piece was posted by @solarenergy
      Why we have recession:
      * Tompolo was paid 13Billion
      * Ex-CDS,Alex Badeh dug a pit toilet to hide $32m
      * Patience Jonathan is claiming $31m,she has sued the Nigerian state
      * Femi Fani-Kayode took 740M
      * Dasuki used trucks to load over $35B from the CBN
      * Olisa Metuh took 400M
      * Aziboala,GEJ’s cousin took 6B naira
      * Nenadi Usman took 3.5B naira
      * Fayose took 3B naira
      * Obanikoro took 4Billion naira
      * Olu Falae took 100M naira
      * Tony Anenih-400M naira
      * Oritsejafor-$35M
      * Former Air Chief Amosu-2Billion naira
      * Lucky Igbinedion-16B naira
      *Bode-George and Dabo-100B naira
      * Jolly Nyame-2.4B naira
      * Joshua Dariye-700M naira
      *Nyesom Wike stole #4b
      * Diezzani nko with $20 billion missing oil money?
      15 billon dollars missing from arms fund,
      10 billion naria, converted to dollars and given as gift to delegstes of PDP Nation convention, Bafarawa collected 3 billion for spiritual purposes ,
      12. 7 billon naria for deceased NEPA staff grow winds and disappeared,
      20 billion dollars missing from NNPC accounts,
      23 billon naira as bribe to INEC staffs to rig the general election, the list is endless. They only left what they cant carry or unable to lay their hands on..The list continues..
      Recession didn’t just happen, people stole it into happening….


      1- I acted based on Jonathan instruction- Dasuki

      2- I didn’t give order- Jonathan

      3- I collected 350M from Dasuki for consultation- Iyorchia Ayu

      4- I only collected $30,000 from Dasuki not N100m- Bode George

      5-I got N4.6b from Dasuki for spiritual purposes- Bafarawa

      6-I got N650M from Dasuki for my Abuja burnt office- Thisday Obaigbena.

      7-I got N2.1b from Dasuki for publicity- Dokpesi

      8- I got another N100m from Yuguda he didn’t tell me from where- Bafarawa

      9- I gave N100m each to Odili, Jim Nwobodo Bode George and others- Yuguda

      10- The president asked me to change N10B to foreign currency for PDP delegates- Dasuki

      11- My boss asked me to get $11M from the CBN- Dasuki account officer.

      12- I got order from above to pay Tompolo N13B for Maritime university land.- Nimasa DG.

      13- 950m was shared in my house– shekarau

  • T-Rex

    Hope GMB will not veto this.

    • Rommel

      I rather pray that PMB vetoes it because that judge is a useless puppet of former governor Godswill Akpaboi,can’t you see that the Judiciary as presently constituted has been a curse to Nigeria?

      • T-Rex

        Can you back this allegation with verifiable facts?

        • Gabriel Olasebikan

          He needs Lai Mohammed to back his allegations.On his own,he cant.

          • T-Rex

            That’s correct,let Liar Mohammed chip in with his usual lies.

  • paul irumundomon

    Buhari won’t sign for it, he must be Mohammed from katsina. The bias president, who brough bias atitude to a new high we have never seen before, that will not see Nigeria through. Nigerians, voted for a change, that will for ever remind us, age in that part of Africa, has no blessing to set records straight. A ninety years Nigerian, is just as dubious, as a registered 419.

  • Go Buhari go

    Shocking confession by Musa Abdullah on Biafra, N’Delta* As Received (11/SEP/2016) Good Evening Biafrans, My name is Musa Abdullah from Kano state. I studied at Lagos state University and presently working with Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil. Due to my education, I have been enlightened as to the happenings in Nigeria. We in the North voted for Buhari because he is our brother. We wanted power to return to the North. We knew he cannot fix anything in Nigeria. In our mosques, they always taught us to make sure we remove that infidel call Jonathan. We were meant to hate Jonathan with our spirit, soul and body. Infact, Igbos living in the North were very very lucky. They escaped death by the whiskers through the victory of Baba. Had Baba lost, my brothers where already on standby waiting for instructions to lynch any pig from the South. I was personally in the situation room as things unfold. I felt for the Igbos then. I really pitied them. I knew that my brothers in the North had been brain washed but I dare not speak. I sighed in relief when Baba was declared the winner and my brothers where told to relax, that they should go to the streets and celebrate. That was how the bloodshed was averted to the glory of Allah. I knew something was really wrong with my brothers. Kano gave Buhari the highest vote. It was massively rigged in his favour. That was why the INEC officer in charge of Kano was burnt alive with his family after the election to cover up the rigging. I wept for my people. Now what are we seeing? Baba has abandoned us. My brothers in the North are dying every day of hunger. Prices of things are so high, we can’t even eat three square meal a day. My Northern Elders are not worried. They are only after power remaining in the North. Not only that, my concern now is what is about to come. They have already planned on how to deal with the Niger Deltans. Of course you are aware that all the military personnel and weapons have been deployed in Niger Delta.

    • Rommel

      Ntoooooooooooooo gi ! shame on you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nobody is being fooled by your tales by moonlight

    • Wale

      Get a life!!!!
      We’re not buying whatever it is that you’re trying to sell.

    • Mufu Ola

      Rubbish! Go tell stories to your Biafra colleagues. You people have become so desperate.


    Buhari will search for another Fulani sharia judge to replace this one.

    • Mufu Ola

      You see your miserable life again!?


        Just watch and see.

  • Bigtin

    Congratulations sir!

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  • McAlfred Uta

    Congrats Justice Water Onnoghen. When the news broke that some ethnic bigots were trying albeit in vain, to disparage the most successful succession to any of the three arms of Government, I was one of the wailers that condemn the misguided attempt at manipulation. Now that you have been recommended by the appropriate body and the law does not allow the president to reject such recommendation, I wish you successful tenure.