7 Things To Know About Newly Appointed CJN Justice Walter Onnoghen

A new Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) has been sworn in on Thursday by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen was appointed by Buhari as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, as the post was left vacant after the retirement of Justice Mahmud Mohammed.

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Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen


Mohammed bowed out of the Bench of the Supreme Court after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.

Here are 7 things to know about the new appointee, Justice Onnoghen:

  1. He was born on the 22nd December, 1950 at Okurike Town, Biase L.G.A. of Cross Rivers State.
  2. He attended the Presbyterian Primary School, Okurike Town between 1959 and 1965.
  3. He attended Odorgorno Secondary School, Adabraka, Accra, Ghana between 1967 and 1972, where he wrote his West African Examination Council (WAEC) Exams.
  4. He attended Accra Academy, Accra Ghana between 1972 and 1974 for his WAEC (A-Levels).
  5. Onnoghen attended 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.
  6. He attended the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos between 1977 and 1978 for his B.L certificate.
  7. Before joining the Supreme Court, he was a judge in Cross River State and a justice of the Court of Appeal.