Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja
swore in Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
Buhari, at the swearing in ceremony, charged the judicial
arm of government to partner with his administration to advance the nation’s
According to him, the judiciary can effectively perform its
constitutional responsibility by ensuring the success of the ongoing
anti-corruption campaign and efficient management of the economy.
“I congratulate the new acting CJN, who comes at a time that
the institution that he is going to head plays the role of one of the
constitutional bodies at this trying time.
“In this room contains the constitutional bodies that are
responsible for the bringing Nigeria back into line in terms of security and
managing it efficiently, while making sure that the economy is resuscitated and
that security of doing business at all stages in the country is free and fair.”
While congratulating the acting CJN, Buhari urged urging him
to play his constitutional role diligently.
He also congratulated the outgone CJN and wished well in his
“I am being honoured today as the President of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria to say goodbye to the former Chief Justice and to
congratulate him for the time he spent in the highly respected position.
“I sincerely congratulate the outgoing CJN and wish him the
best of luck in his retirement life; and I wish the incoming CJN a successful
tour of this vital constitutional body of our country.’’
In his remarks, Onnoghen, reassured the president that his
tenure would witness the fullest cooperation in the ongoing campaign against
corruption and misconduct in the judiciary.
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He thanked the president for the confidence reposed in him
and expressed optimism to record the desired success.
Onnoghen, who hails from Cross River, was born on Dec. 22,
1950, and attended the Presbyterian Primary School, Okurike Town between 1959
He later attended Odorgorno Secondary School, Adabraka,
Ghana, between 1967 and 1972, where he earned his West African School
Certificate before proceeding to the University of Ghana, Legon, between 1974
and 1977 for his Bachelor of Law Degree (LL.B (Hons).
He graduated with 2nd Class Upper Division and was among the
best graduating students.
He attended the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos,
between 1977 and 1978 for his B.L Certificate and completed his compulsory
National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) in July 1979.
Some of his previous professional appointments and positions
included Pupil State Counsel, Lagos State, (1978 – 1979); Partner in the Law
Firm of Effiom Ekong & Company, Calabar (1979 – 1988) and Principal
Partner/Head of Chambers of Walter Onnoghen & Associates, Calabar (1988
He was also onetime High Court Judge, Cross River State
Judiciary (1989 – 1998) and Justice of the Court of Appeal (November 1998-June
Onnoghen was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of
Nigeria in 2005 as well as a Justice of
the Supreme Court of The Gambia.
A Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow of the
Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and Fellow of the National
Judicial Institute, Onnoghen has attended several conferences and seminars
within and outside Nigeria and presented scholarly papers.
He is a member of the Body of Benchers and Life Bencher;
Chairman, Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal
Studies, and Vice-Chairman, Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee, among
Onnoghen, who is currently the most senior Justice of the
Supreme Court, is married with children.
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