Onnoghen’s Confirmation As CJN: All Senators Shouted “Yea” Without Dissenting Voice
The Senate on Wednesday in accordance with Section 231 (1) of the 1999 constitution confirmed Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria,CJN.
The confirmation followed a motion by the Senate Leader Senator Ahmed Lawan that the Senate do consider the request of the President for the confirmation of Honourable Justice Walter Onnoghen nomination as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. The motion was seconded by the Senate minority leader Senator Godswill Akpabio.
They immediately resolved into a committee of the whole to consider the confirmation. After responding to several questions from the Senators Justice Onnoghen was asked to take a bow.
When the Senate President Bukola Saraki put the question for the confirmation of Justice Onnoghe into voting, all the Senators shouted “Yea” without a single dissenting voice of “Nay”.
The Senate President in his remark congratulated the New Chief Justice. He urged the new CJN and his colleagues to continue their work and ensure that judiciary is the last hope of the common man.
The new CJN was accompanied to the red chamber by his state Governor Prof Ben Ayade and other Supreme Court judges.
On February 8th 2017, the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo forwarded the name Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen to the Senate for confirmation as the next Chief Justices of Nigeria (CJN).
The National Judicial Council (NJC) in October 2016 after getting clearance from Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) sent Onnoghen’s name to President Muhammadu Buhari but the President did not transmit his name to the Senate for confirmation.
Justice Onnoghen was born on the 22nd December, 1950 at Okurike Town, Biase LGA of Cross Rivers State. He attended the Presbyterian Primary School, Okurike Town between 1959 and 1965.
He later proceeded to Accra, Ghana to attend Odorgorno Secondary School, Adabraka, Accra, Ghana between 1967 and 1972 for his West African Examination Council (WAEC) Exams.
Justice Onnoghen was at Accra Academy, Accra Ghana between 1972 and 1974 for his WAEC (A-Levels) before proceeding to the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana between 1974 and 1977 to obtain his Bachelor of Law Degree (LL.B (Hons)) and graduated with 2nd Class Upper Division.
He attended the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos between 1977 and 1978 for his B.L certificate. Onnoghen was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (JSC) since 2005.