Senate to begin Onnoghen’s confirmation as Chief Justice of Nigeria

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen, will on Wednesday appear before the Senate for his confirmation hearing.

The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, announced the schedule on Tuesday.

Mr. Onnoghen’s name was forwarded to the Senate on February 8 for confirmation as a substantive CJN by acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

He has been leading the country’s judiciary in acting capacity since November 10 when he was so appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, following the retirement of Mahmud Mohammed.

Mr. Onnoghen, 67, was born in Kruiku Town, Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State.

He bagged his Law degree from the University of Ghana, Legon, in 1977 before his BL certificate at the Nigerian Law School in 1978.

He started his career as a Pupil State Counsel in the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, in 1979, after which he ventured into private practice.

In 1989, he returned to public service as judge in the High Court of his native Cross River State.

He joined the federal judicial service in 1998 as Justice of the Court Appeal, a position he held until 2005 when he was elevated to the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the Senate is yet to make public its decision on the screening of Ibrahim Magu for confirmation as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Mr. Magu’s earlier nomination was rejected last December by the Senate, which cited allegations integrity deficiency made by the State State Security.

But on January 24, more than a week before the nomination of Mr. Onnoghen, the Senate confirmed it had received a notice from the Presidency to the effect of Mr. Magu’s re-nomination.


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  • emmanuel

    God removed Buhari to enable Onnoghen take his rightful place. Na who say there is no God? Buhari was sent on exile to end foolani occupation of Nigeria.
    just a few days to February 10, 2017 and when the tension had started building, God did his thing.
    How could Buhari have had all head of Government as foolanis.
    Halleluyah for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth, halleluya, halleluyah praise the Lord)thrice.
    Hallelu yah, halleluyah prise the Lord.
    We prayed, i prayed for Southern Kaduna and Buharis exit. Na El-Rufai remain. We shall soon set a date to pray him out too!
    There was a Pharoah who perished in the Red Sea and there was also a Nebucadnezzer of Babylon. Untamed arrogance against God’s people!

  • Harry

    Things are falling into place with the absence of the plague. I wish Buhari more resting time over in the UK.

  • Otile

    Mun gode da Allah Imam is gone, this man would have kissed goodbye to his well deserved post.