Senate confirms Onnoghen as Chief justice of Nigeria

Posted March 01, 2017

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday began the screening of Justice Walter Onnoghen for the vacant post of the chief justice of Nigeria.

However, in view of constitutional provisions that the acting CJN can only serve in this capacity for three months, concern was raised early last month that Justice Onnoghen's tenure may be short lived.

Senate President Bukola Saraki who disclosed this Tuesday during plenary, said that it would take place by 11am.

He asked senators to attend the session on time.

The perception was further fuelled by the president's decision to swear him in as acting CJN on November 10, 2016.

The Senate President opted to adopt the latter option to screen Onnoghen in the committee of the whole.

Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo sent the name of Justice Onnoghen to the Senate for confirmation as Chief Justice of Nigeria on February eight, just two days before the expiration of his three month acting tenure.

"Following the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC), I hereby notify you of the appointment of Hon".

We therefore urge the Senate to, without further hesitation, confirm Justice Onnoghen as the substantive CJN so as to put a final seal on the matter.

Onnoghen has been in office in an acting capacity since November previous year and his tenure elapsed on February 10.