Anxiety in judiciary as Acting CJN’s tenure ends next week
Posted by News Express | 30 January 2017 | 1,674 times
Acting CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
With 11 days to the end of the tenure of the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen, and with no indication from President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate to screen and confirm him as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, there is palpable anxiety in the Judiciary. In October 2016, the National Judicial Council, NJC, nominated Onnoghen, who is the most senior member of Supreme Court bench to head the nation’s judiciary.
Onnoghen has been in an acting capacity since November 10, 2016, a day after Mahmud Mohammed, former CJN, retired. Onnoghen’s three-month term as acting CJN will elapse on February 10, and it is expected that his appointment would be confirmed before the time if he is to remain in the position. As at press time last night, there was no indication of any request from the president to the senate to screen Onnoghen. Alongside the fact that there was no executive communication on a replacement for the Acting CJN as well, there were fears of unnecessary vacuum that could be created should the President not act now. If his appointment is confirmed, Onnoghen, who is from Cross River state, will be the first substantive CJN from the south since 1987. (Nigerian Pilot)