Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, said he would ensure the independence of the judiciary to check the rate of corruption in the country.
He gave the assurance while responding to questions from senators while being screened for confirmation at the Senate on Wednesday in Abuja.
“I assure you that I will not compromise my integrity, and the independence of the judiciary will be re-enforced under my watch.“I believe that you don’t need to see a judge before you have justice,” he said.
On cases of conflicting judgements, Onnoghen said that such was bound to happen because different processes were followed by judges.
“The system has its own regulatory mechanism through the means of appeal; that is how we resolve conflicting judgements.
“But, to think that we can do away with conflicting judgements is not possible,” he said.
Onnoghen said that it would be impossible for politicians “to pocket” the judiciary under his leadership, explaining that “the moment the judiciary is politicised, justice will be denied the common man’’.
He said that the judiciary was in the process of modernising its processes to meet with international best practices. On the appointment of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), he said that it was not the duty of Justices of the Supreme Court but the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee.
The presidency has congratulated Justice Samuel Walter Onnoghen, after he was confirmed as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). Announcing his confirmation via its Twitter account, @NGRSenate, the upper legislative chamber wrote: “SP,@bukolasaraki puts the question and Justice Walter Onnoghen is confirmed as Chief Justice of Nigeria. He takes a bow.”
The presidency quoted the tweet and said: “Congratulations to the new Chief Justice of #Nigeria, WS Onnoghen, on his confirmation by @NGRSenate”.
Onnoghen’s confirmation came during plenary Wednesday sequel to the consideration of the letter sent to the National Assembly by Acting-President Yemi Osinbajo requesting his confirmation as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria. After answering series of questions put before him by the Senators, Onnoghen took a bow and left the red chamber. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, thereafter, put the question for his approval before the Senate. The Senate unanimously agreed to his confirmation.