Senate confirms Onnoghen as substantive CJN


The senate has confirmed Justice Walter Onnoghen as fit and proper person to occupy the exalted seat of the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The confirmation followed a thorough screening exercise of the jurist by the upper chamber on Wednesday.

Chairman of the National Assembly and President of Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki had already congratulated the jurist.

Onnoghen who used the opportunity of the screening exercise to give an insight into the kind of the judiciary that should be expected under his leadership said the third arm of government would be stronger than ever and would not be cowed by any individual or institution.

He also said that the judiciary under his watch would addressing a critical issue of conflicting judgments even as hinted that once in a while, it might still resurfacve owing to a number of factors.

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The confirmation of the senate had delayed the appointment of Justice Onnoghen for more than five months.

Earlier, his name was forwarded by the National Judicial Council (NJC) to the Presidency but nothing was done about it.

The development had sparked off serious controversy over whether or not the Presidency was willing to appoint the CJN from the South of Nigeria.

The refusal to process Justice Onnoghen’s appointment process forced the Presidency to appoint him as the CJN in acting capacity.

His appointment in the acting capacity was later renewed when it was clear that the Senate would not be able to screen him before the expiration of his first three months in office as acting CJN.

All that is left now is for the Presidency to announce his appointment as the substantive CJN which is expected to be done any moment from now.

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More details later.