The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, will this week send the name of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to the National Assembly for confirmation as the substantive CJN.
It was gathered that Osinbajo will this week send Onnoghen’s name to the Senate to beat the February 10 date, which the Supreme Court’s Justice acting appointment is expected to expire.
Onnoghen was inaugurated as acting by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 10, 2016, CJN following the retirement of Justice Mahmud Mohammed at the attainment of the mandatory 70 – year retirement age.
A source privy to the development said, “I can confirm to you that Onnoghen’s name will be sent to the Senate this week. The name will be sent today ( Tuesday ) or Wednesday before February 10 that his acting appointment will expire.”
If Onnoghen’s nomination is confirmed as the Nigeria’s 17th CJN, the acting CJN who is from Cross River State, will become the first southern justice to head the judiciary in about 30 years.
The last southern CJN was Justice Ayo Gabriel Irikefe who retired in 1987.