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Finally, Justice Onnoghen takes oath of office, conferred with GCON honour

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The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has sworn in Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.

He was also conferred with the second national honour of Grand Commander of Order of the Niger, GCON, and was decorated during his swearing-in as 20th CJN by the acting president.

The inauguration was witnessed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; former Chief justices of Nigeria, ministers, Justices of the Supreme Court and other dignitaries.

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The inauguration took place Tuesday morning at the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

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Mr Onnoghen’s nomination was last week confirmed by the Senate.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on extended vacation in the United Kingdom, had last November inaugurated Mr Onnoghen as acting CJN sequel to the retirement of Justice Mahmud Mohammed.

The acting president had on February 7 forwarded Mr Onnoghen’s nomination to the Senate.

Mr Onnoghen will be the 20th person to occupy the position since 1914, according to judiciary records.

Mr Onnoghen, 66, has been a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 2005.

He was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to succeed, in acting capacity, Justice Mahmood Muhammed in November last year.

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He graduated from the University of Ghana at Legon, Ghana in 1977 and from the Nigerian Law School in Lagos in 1978.

Before joining the Supreme Court, he was a judge in Cross River State and a justice of the Court of Appeal.

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Mr Onnoghen was born on the 22 December 1950 at Okurike Town, Biase local government area of Cross Rivers State.

Here is the list of Nigerian chief justices since 1914:

1. Sir Edwin Speed, 1914-1918

2. Sir Ralph Combe, 1918-1929

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3. Donald kingdon, 1929-1946

4. Sir John Verity, 1946-1954

5. Sir Stafford Sutton, 1955-1958

6. Adetokunbo Ademola, 1958-1972

7. Taslim Olawale Elias, 1972-1975

8. Darnley Arthur Alexander, 1975-1979

9. Atanda Fatai Williams, 1979-1983

10. George Shodeinde Sowewimo, 1983-1985

11. Ayo Gabriel Irikefe, 1985-1987

12. Mohammed Bello, 1987-1995

13. Muhammad Lawal Uwais, 1995-2006

14. Salihu Moddibo Alfa Belgore, 2006-2007

15. Idris Legbo Kutigi, 2007-2009

16. Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu, 2009-2011

17. Dahiru Musdapher, 2011-2012

18. Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, 2012-2014

19. Mahmoud Mohammed, 2014-2016

20. Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, November 2016 till date.

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