[PHOTOS] Justice Walter Onnoghen Becomes First CJN From The South In 30 Years

Walter Onnoghen

After a long wait, Justice Walter Onnoghen was, on Tuesday, finally inaugurated as the 17th Chief Justice of Nigeria by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo.

The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja as the 66 year old Justice Onnoghen from Cross Rivers state was handed the highest post in the Judiciary.

The inauguration was witnessed by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; former CJNs members of the Federal Executive Council; Justices of the Supreme Court and his family members among others.

Shortly after taking his oath of office, Osinbajo decorated Onnoghen with the second highest national honours of the Grand Commander of Order of the Niger.

Onnoghen and Osinbajo

The Acting President said he spoke with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday and the President sent his good wishes to the CJN

He said Onnoghen was assuming the position at a crucial time in the nation’s history.

In his remarks, Onnoghen promised to lead the judiciary and ensure the independence of the arm of government.

He urged all to adhere strictly to the rule of law.

He solicited the continued cooperation from all the Justices of the Supreme Court.

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