Onnoghen confirmed as Chief Justice of Nigeria

Ebun Francis || Finally, Walter Onnoghen was Wednesday confirmed as the substantive chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), by the senate on a voice vote.

Onnoghen was confirmed after 45 minutes appearance before the senate’s committee of the whole house presided over by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki after fielding questions from the senators about his plans to take the judiciary forward.

The confirmation hearing began with Onnoghen taking senators through his educational background, his service year at the Lagos Ministry of Justice and career till date.

He was specifically asked by the lawmakers how he would ensure that the common man gets justice in the country and the judiciary fast-track the trial of persons for corruption.

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While admitting that there is corruption in the judiciary, Onnoghen assured that his duty will be to reduce the scourge.

“We are working to stem this and encourage transparency in our dealings,” he said.

He also assured that judiciary would be independent under his stewardship.

Justice Onnoghen’s was appointed Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari but his name was forwarded to the senate for screening by Acting President Osinbajo two weeks ago.

Prof. Ben Ayade, the Governor of Cross River state, and Ita Enag, adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on the senate, accompanied Onnoghen to the confirmation hearing.