The National Judicial Commission (NJC), yesterday, agreed to forward the name of the most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Walter Onnoghen, as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
According to a source, the decision of the NJC is in line with the tradition of the Supreme Court where only the most senior justice succeeds the CJN.
“The council finally agreed that the successor to the outgoing CJN should be the most senior Justice of the court as that is the tradition and council is not ready to depart from the tradition for the sake of peace,” he stated.
The decision of the NJC is coming barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari had forwarded the names of Justice Sidi Dauda Bage (North-Central) and Justice Paul Adamu (North-East) to the Senate for confirmation as Justices of the Supreme Court.
In a letter dated Thursday, October 6, 2016 personally signed by the President and addressed to the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, which was read on the floor of the Senate yesterday, Buhari said his action was in compliance with Section 231 subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
Justice 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).
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.