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Biography Of Walter Onnoghen. by Temitayo (f): 1:39pm on August 10
Adelani Temiloluwa
School Of Nursing Ondo
Nursing Student
300Level, Nigeria.

Research by Nigerian Biography, the Nigeria’s No. 1
biography website reveals that Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, popularly known as
Justice Walter Onoghen was born on December 1950 at Okurike Town, Biase Local Government
Area of Cross Rivers State.

Upon digging dip, Nigerian biography further found that
Walter Onnoghen attended the Presbyterian Primary School which locates at Okurike
Town of Cross-River State between the years 1959 and 1965. Nigerian Biography,
gathered that when he concluded his primary education, Justice Walter Onnoghen
moved to Ghana, where he attended secondary school at Odorgorno Secondary
School, Adabraka, Accra, Ghana from the year 1967 to 1972, when he wrote his
West African Examination Council (WAEC) Examination.

Walter Onoghen also studied for WAEC (A-Level) at Accra
Academy, Accra Ghana, where he was between the years 1972 and 1974, before he
moved on to the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, after gaining admission to
study law between the years 1974 and 1977.

Nigerian Biography, gathered further that that
Walter Onnoghen obtained Bachelors of Law Degree (LL.B (Hons)) when he graduated
from the University, with 2nd Class Upper Division.

In the year 1977, Walter attended the Nigerian Law School,
Victoria Island, Lagos, and came out in 1978 with his B.L certificate.

Hon Justice Walter Onnoghen who is also a Fellow of the
Chattered Institute of Arbitrators, did not just stop learning after his Call To Bar, Nigerian
Biography also found that he has attended several conferences and seminars that were held in different parts of the world.

Until his appointment as the Chief
Justice of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria, he remained a member of the Body of
Benchers and a Life Bencher.

Below is the chronicle of the different stages in Justice
Walter Onoghen’s career:

Hon. Justice W.S. Nkanu Onnoghen was appointed a Justice of
the Supreme Court of Nigeria (JSC) since 2005.

Pupil State Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Ikeja, Lagos, Ogun
State (1978 – 1979)
Partner in the Law Firm of Effiom Ekong & Company,
Calabar (1979 – 1988)
Principal Partner/Head of Chamber of Walter Onneghen &
Associates, Calabar (1988 -1989)
High Court Judge, Cross Rivers State Judiciary (1989 – 1998)
Chairman, Cross Rivers State Armed Robbery and Fire Arms
Tribunal (1990 – 1993)
Chairman, Judicial Enquiry into the Crisis between Student
of the University of Calabar and Obufa Esuk Orok Community, Calabar (1996)
Chairman, Failed Bank Tribunal, Ibadan Zone (1998)
Judge, High Court of Rivers State (1992 – 2004)
Justice of the Court of Appeal (1998 – 2005)

Upon retirement of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria,
Mahmud Mohammed, the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) recommended Justice
Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen to the National Judicial Council (NJC) for further
recommendation to President Muhammadu Buhari as the new Chief Justice of
Nigeria (CJN).

On Thursday, October 10, 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari, swore
in Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

At the swearing in ceremony, President Buhari charged the
judicial arm of government to partner with his administration in advancing the
nation’s development. According to the president, the judiciary can effectively
perform its constitutional responsibility by ensuring the success of the administration’s
anti-corruption campaign and efficient management of the economy.

While congratulating Justice Walter Onnoghen, Buhari said:

“I congratulate the new acting CJN, who comes at a time that
the institution that he is going to head plays the role of one of the
constitutional bodies at this trying time. In this room contains the constitutional
bodies that are responsible for the bringing Nigeria back into line in terms of
security and managing it efficiently, while making sure that the economy is
resuscitated and that security of doing business at all stages in the country
is free and fair,…”

Onnoghen, who is currently the most senior Justice of the
Supreme Court, is married with children.

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