Chris Steven, Abuja
After months of speculation, the Senate on Wednesday confirmed Walter Onnoghen as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.
This laid to rest fears and speculation that he might not be confirmed as the substantive CJN by the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Onnoghen was confirmed after he appeared before the upper legislative chamber. His confirmation came after he answered questions from the lawmakers who asked him on his plans to take the judiciary forward.
The Supreme court justice assured the senators that judiciary would be independent under his stewardship.
He was confirmed after a voice vote.
Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River state, and Ita Enag, adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Senate, were present during the confirmation hearing.