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Osinbajo inaugurates Onnoghen as 17th CJN Tuesday


The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, will on Tuesday inaugurate Justice Walter Onnoghen as the 17th Chief Justice of Nigteria.

The inauguration is coming almost a week after the Senate confirmed Onnoghen’s nomination by Osinbajo.

t is scheduled to hold at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, by 9am.

Shortly after taking the oath of office, Onnoghen may also be decorated with the national honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger in line with how past CJNs were inaugurated.

After a screening session that lasted about an hour, the Senate had last Wednesday confirmed Onnoghen’s nomination.

The Presidency had on February 8 confirmed that the Acting President had sent Onnoghen’s nomination to the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

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President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on an extended medical vacation in London, had on November 10, 2016 inaugurated Onnoghen as the acting CJN, following the retirement of Justice Mahmud Mohammed at the attainment of the mandatory 70 years retirement age.

The late Justice Ayo Irikefe, who retired in 1987,was the last CJN from the southern part of the country.

Onnoghen was born in 1950 at Okurike in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State, and was appointed to the Supreme Court bench in 2005.

He will clock 70 on December 20, 2020.

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