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BREAKING: Buhari swears in Onnoghen, new Chief Justice of Nigeria


President Muhammadu Buhari swore in Walter Onnoghen, a supreme court judge, as the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), at a brief ceremony in the presidential villa on Thursday.


Justice Walter Onnoghen. Photo credit: Punch
The National Judicial Commission (NJC) had recommended Onnoghen, who is the most senior member of the apex bench, for the position‎.

Onnoghen was born on December 22, 1950 at Okurike town, Biase local government area of Cross Rivers state.

After obtaining a law degree from the University of Legon, Ghana, he started his career as pupil state counsel at the ministry of justice, Lagos in 1978.

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He practiced law for several years before he joined the bench.

He became a high court judge in Cross Rivers in 1989, and later chairman, Cross Rivers state Armed Robbery and Fire Arms Tribunal from 1990 to 1993.

He was a judge in the high court of Rivers state from 1992 to 2004, and justice of the court of appeal from 1998 to 2005 – when he was elevated to the supreme court.

He takes over from Mahmud Mohammed who retired as CJN after clocking 70 years.

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