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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Acting President Osinbajo sends Onnoghen’s name as CJN

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, is said to have decided to send the name of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to the National Assembly for confirmation as the substantive CJN.

Many people from Southern Nigeria have insisted they won't accept alleged plot by those close to President Buhari to bring a Northerner as CJN, when a man from the South is qualified.

Buhari had, on November 10, 2016, inaugurated Onnoghen as acting CJN following the retirement of Justice Mahmud Mohammed at the attainment of the mandatory 70-year retirement age.

The National Judicial Council had earlier forwarded Onnoghen’s name to the President to be named the new CJN based on the recommendation of the Federal Judicial Service Commission.

According to the law, the President is expected to forward the name of the nominee to the Senate for confirmation.

There have been speculations that Buhari is not ready to send the name of Onnoghen.

According to Punch's findings, Osinbajo is set to send Onnoghen’s name to the Senate this week to beat the February 10 date, when the Supreme Court’s Justice acting appointment would expire.

A source familiar with the arrangement said, “I can confirm to you that Onnoghen’s name will be sent to the Senate this week. The name will be sent Tuesday or Wednesday before February 10 that his acting appointment will expire."

When asked what was responsible for the delay in sending his name since he was recommended, the source said the government had been busy carrying out background check on him following the recent searchlight on the judiciary.

“We are all witnesses to the recent discoveries in the judiciary. The government needs to be sure that whoever is going to be put at the head of that arm of government has a clean bill of health.

“The background checks have been concluded and the government is satisfied with its findings.”

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