By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- THE Senate will tomorrow, Wednesday screen and subsequently confirm Justice Walter Onnoghe as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.
Senate President Bukola Saraki who disclosed this Tuesday during plenary, said that it would take place by 11am.
Saraki said, “Confirmation of Onnoghen, Tomorrow Wednesday 1st of March, 2017 at 11am in plenary. Kindly endeavour to be punctual please.”
The Senate President had last week confirmed a letter from Acting President Yemi Osinbajo requesting the Senate to screen and confirm Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.
Reading Osinbajo’s letter on Onnoghen dated 7th February, 2017, Saraki noted that the senate was urged to confirm Onnoghen pursuant to Section 231 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The letter read, “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(CJN).
” The Senate President is requested to kindly present the said appointment of the Honourable Justice Onnoghen for confirmation by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, pursuant to section 231(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
” Please accept, Mr. Senate President, the assurances of my highest regards.”
Onnoghen was on November 7, 2016 appointed in acting capacity which was to elapse in three months on February 10, 2017.
Onnoghen is the most senior judicial office having about seven more years in service.