NJC recommends Onnoghen to replace Mohammed as CJN

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

The Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) has nominated Cross River Born Justice Walter Onnoghen and two others as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).The nomination means the FJSC has maintained the succession by seniority tradition set for the CJN position who heads Nigeria’s apex court, the Supreme Court of Justice with the trio forwarded to the National Judicial Council (NJC) which will then forward two names to the President.

Justice Walter Samuel Nkwanu Onnoghen who hails from Biase local government area of southern Cross River State is the next in line in terms of seniority as he is the oldest after the sitting CJN, Justice Mohammed Mahmoud who will attain the mandatory retirement age of 70 by November 10, 2016.

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