Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Biography of Justice Walter Onnoghen the Chief Justice of Nigeria


Justice Walter Onnoghen was confirmed by the Nigerian senate as the new chief Justice of Nigeria. Congratulations to him. Today, we will be discussing the biography of justice Walter Onnoghen.

Biography of Justice Walter Onnoghen


Onnoghen, who hails from Cross River, was conceived on December 22, 1950, and went to the Presbyterian Primary School, Okurike Town in the vicinity of 1959 and 1966.

He later went to Odorgorno Secondary School, Adabraka, Ghana, in the vicinity of 1967 and 1972, where he earned his West African School Certificate before continuing to the University of Ghana, Legon, in the vicinity of 1974 and 1977 for his Bachelor of Law Degree. He graduated with second Class Upper Division and was among the best graduating understudies.

He went to the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos, in the vicinity of 1977 and 1978 for his B.L Certificate and finished his necessary National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) in July 1979.

Some of his past expert arrangements and positions included Pupil State Counsel, Lagos State, (1978 – 1979); Partner in the Law Firm of Effiom Ekong and Company, Calabar (1979 – 1988) and Principal Partner/Head of Chambers of Walter Onnoghen and Associates, Calabar (1988 - 1989).

He was additionally onetime High Court Judge, Cross River State Judiciary (1989 – 1998) and Justice of the Court of Appeal (November 1998-June 2005).

Onnoghen was designated a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2005 and also a Justice of the Supreme Court of The Gambia.

A Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and Fellow of the National Judicial Institute, Onnoghen has gone to a few meetings and courses inside and outside Nigeria and introduced insightful papers.


He is an individual from the Body of Benchers and Life Bencher; Chairman, Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, and Vice-Chairman, Legal Practitioners' Privileges Committee, among others.

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