Abuja - Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen has been recommended by the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), reports Daily Trust
His name was forwarded to the National Judicial Council (NJC) for further recommendation to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Justice Onnoghen is to replace Justice Mahmud Mohammed whose tenure ends November 10.
Sources within the NJC confirmed that the recommendation was made on Thursday to formally commence steps towards ensuring that the office of the CJN does not remain vacant at the end of Justice Mahmud’s tenure.
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Onnoghen, a native of Biase Local government area of Cross Rivers State was born 22 December 1950.
He is a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 2005. He graduated from the University of Ghana.
He attended the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos, between 1977 and 1978 for his B.L certificate.
He was appointed a Justice of the Court of appeal in 1998 till 2005 when he was elevated to the Supreme Court Bench.
- News 24