Today a Supreme Court Justice from the Southern Nigeria in the person of Walter Samuel Onnoghen is confirmed as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) after over two decades the last time someone from that region made it to the exalted office of the CJN.
Mr. Onnoghen was screened by the senators and was asked some questions after answering few questions, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki intercede for the awaiting CJN to take a bow and leave.
Afterwards, when the question was thrown to the chamber as to if the honourable house should confirm Mr. Walter Samuel Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. Majority seated at the chambers answered “I” as the say the “I” always have it and that confirms Onnoghn as the new CJN.
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.