PROFILE: Samuel Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria

PROFILE: Samuel Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria

Samuel Walter Nkanu Onnoghen Bio/Profile.

Following the confirmation of the nomination of Hon. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria on Wednesday, March 1 by the senate, MNI brings you a Brief Biography of the new CJN. Read Profile after the cut.



Hon. Justice W.S. Nkanu Onnoghen CFR was born on December 22, 1950 at Okurike Town, Biase Local Government Area of Cross Rivers State.


He had his Primary Education at the Presbyterian Primary School, Okurike Town between 1959 and 1965. He then proceeded to Accra, Ghana to attend Odorgorno Secondary School, Adabraka, Accra, Ghana between 1967 and 1972 for his Secondary School Education where he obtained his West African Examination Council (WAEC) Certificate.

He was at Accra Academy, Accra Ghana between 1972 and 1974 for his WAEC (A­Levels) before proceeding to the University of Ghana, Legon, between 1974 and 1977 to obtain his Bachelor of Law Degree (LL.B (Hons)) and graduated with 2nd Class Upper Division.

Law School

He came down to Nigeria and attended the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos between 1977 and 1978 and was thereafter called to the Nigerian Bar.

Legal Career

Prior to becoming a Justice of the Supreme Court, he was Pupil State Counsel, at the Ministry of Justice, Ikeja, Lagos, Ogun State

from 1978 to 1979, Partner in the Law Firm of Effiom Ekong & Company, Calabar

from 1979 to 1988; Principal Partner/Head of Chamber of Walter Onneghen & Associates, Calabar

from 1988 to 1989; High Court Judge, Cross Rivers State Judiciary

from 1989 to 1998; Chairman, Cross Rivers State Armed Robbery and Fire Arms Tribunal

from 1990 to 1993; Chairman, Judicial Enquiry into the Crisis between Student of the University of Calabar and Obufa Esuk Orok Community, Calabar in 1996;

Chairman, Failed Bank Tribunal, Ibadan Zone in 1998;

Judge, High Court of Rivers State from 1992 to 2004;

Justice of the Court of Appeal from 1998 to 2005.

It is worthy to note that he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Hon. Justice W.S. Nkanu Onnoghen has also attended several conferences and seminars around the world.

He is a member of the Body of Bencher and a Life Bencher.

Related posts

We LOVE Comments!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.