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Finally, Onnoghen Confirmed as CJN


Finally, the Senate confirmed Walter Onnoghen as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, Wednesday.
His confirmation came after the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo forwarded Onnoghen’s name, February 8, after acting for about three months as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
The Senate voted to confirm Onnoghen, after he was grilled by the lawmakers.
“We are enlightened by some of the views presented today,” said Senate President Bukola Saraki, commending Onnoghen and thanking his colleagues who asked wide range of questions.
Saraki said the screening and the eventual confirmation was a milestone.
Justice Onnoghen fielded questions on various subjects, relating to the independence of the judiciary, corruption in the judiciary, establishment of special courts for corruption trial and respect for court rulings, among others.
During the confirmation hearing, he asked to be excused from commenting on the delay in his nomination and trial of judges for corruption.
Onnoghen’s name was first forwarded to the Senate on November 10, 2016 on acting capacity by President Muhammadu Buhari, following recommendation of the Nigerian Judicial Council.
Osinbajo forwarded it again for confirmation as a substantive CJN two days to the expiration of his tenure as acting CJN.


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