Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen is the new chief justice of Nigeria, following the retirement of Justice Mahmud Mohammed who clocked 70 on Thursday, November 10.
Onnoghen is remarkably the first southerner to be CJN since 1987 when Ayo Irikefe retired.
Walter was born on December 22, 1950 in Biase, Cross Rivers state, Onnoghen will be in office till December 2020, barring any circumstances beyond his control.
He went to Presbyterian Primary School, Okurike, Biase, from 1959 to 1965 and moved to Ghana for his secondary education from 1967 to 1972. He did his A’Level at the Accra Academy in 1972 and studied law at the University of Ghana, Legon, from 1974 to 1977.
He came back to Lagos to enroll in the Nigerian Law School between 1977 and 1978, thereafter worked as pupil state counsel, ministry of justice, in Ikeja, Lagos and Ogun states between 1978 and 1979.
Between 1979 and 1988, he was a partner in the law firm of Effiom Ekong and Company, in Calabar, after which he became principal partner and head of chamber of Walter Onneghen and Associates, Calabar.
Onnoghen crossed from the bar to the bench in 1989 as he was appointed a high court judge by the Cross Rivers state judiciary. He moved on in 1990 to become the chairman, Cross Rivers State Armed Robbery and Fire Arms Tribunal. He was there for three years.
Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen was appointed chairman of the Failed Bank Tribunal, Ibadan zone, in 1998, from where he moved on to become a justice of the court of appeal. In the year 2005, Onnoghen was elevated to the Nigerian Supreme Court as one of the justices.
Original Source: Thecable.ng