By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki has assured that the upper legislative chambers will on Wednesday confirm Justice Walter Onnoghen as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) following the retirement of former CJN, Justice Mahmoud Mohammed.
The Senate on Tuesday, Februry 21 announced the receipt of a nomination letter from the acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, asking the Senate to confirm Justice Onnoghen as the CJN.
“Following the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC), I hereby notify you of the appointment of Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria,” the letter stated.
Until his nomination by NJC, Justice Onnoghen had been the most senior Justice in the Supreme Court, following the retirement of Justice Mahmoud Mohammed.