President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, swore in Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen as the acting Chief Judge of Nigeria, CJN.
Justice Onnoghen, who was sworn in at the Aso Rock presidential villa, replaces Justice Mahmud Mohammed, whose tenure lapsed at about 12 midnight on Wednesday, 9th November.
The NJC had recommended Onnoghen as Mohammed’s successor-in-office, whose exit followed his attainment of the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.
Onnoghen was born on the 22nd December, 1950 at Okurike Town, Biase L.G.A. of Cross Rivers State.
He attended the Presbyterian Primary School, Okurike Town between 1959 and 1965.
He later proceeded to Accra, Ghana to attend Odorgorno Secondary School, Adabraka, Accra, Ghana between 1967 and 1972 for his West African Examination Council (WAEC) Exams.
He was at Accra Academy, Accra Ghana between 1972 and 1974 for his WAEC (A-Levels) before proceeding to the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana between 1974 and 1977 to obtain his Bachelor of Law Degree (LL.B (Hons)) and graduated with 2nd Class Upper Division.
He attended the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos between 1977 and 1978 for his B.L certificate.
Before joining the Supreme Court, he was a judge in Cross River State and a justice of the Court of Appeal.