Walter Onnoghen
Walter Onnoghen

BARRING any unforeseen circumstances, the Senate may today confirm the nomination of Hon. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki said yesterday. Saraki informed his colleagues during the commencement of the day’s plenary that the hearing confirmation of Justice Onnoghen as the number one judicial officer in the country would hold at the Senate chamber of National Assembly today. He therefore urged the lawmakers to be ready for the confirmation of Onnoghen, saying “there will be confirmation of Onnoghne tomorrow, Wednesday 1st of March, 2017 at 11am in plenary. Kindly endeavour to be punctual please.” The Senate had on Tuesday, February 21 confirmed receiving a letter from Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo requesting the confirmation of Justice Onnoghen as the CJN, and which was read by Saraki at the plenary after four weeks of suspending sitting for 2017 budget defence by the ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs of the federal government. Saraki said that the letter, dated February 7, urged the upper legislative chamber to confirm Onnoghen pursuant to Section 231 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “Following the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC), I hereby notify you of the appointment of Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN),” the letter stated. The letter came four months after President Muhammadu Buhari had recommended Justice Onnoghen as the Acting CJN following the retirement of his predecessor, Hon. Justice Mahmoud Muhammad.

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