Justice Walter took the rein of leadership and is the first southerner to become a chief justice in 29 years. The 67-year-old justice hails from Okurike Town in Biase local Government Area of Cross-Rivers State.
The position of the Chief Justice of Nigeria is highly prized; the Chief Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is always nominated by the president upon recommendation by the National Judicial council. Afterwards, the CJN is confirmed by the senate of the country.
The intriguing thing about this position of authority is that the Chief Justice of the nation can only be removed from office by death or on clocking the retirement age of 70. The constitution also made provision for the CJN to be removed by impeachment by the senate.
Check out the names of the other Justices that have served as the Chief Justices of Nigeria:
- Sir Edwin Speed, 1914-1918
- Sir Ralph Combe, 1918-1929
- Donald kingdon, 1929-1946
- Sir John Verity, 1946-1954
- Sir Stafford Sutton, 1955-1958
- Adetokunbo Ademola, 1958-1972
- Taslim Olawale Elias, 1972-1975
- Darnley Arthur Alexander, 1975-1979
- Attanda Fatai Williams, 1979-1983
- George Sodeinde Sowewimo, 1983-1985
- Ayo Gabriel Irikefe, 1985-1987
- Mohammed Bello, 1987-1995
- Muhammad Lawal Uwais, 1995-2006
- Salihu Moddibo Alfa Belgore, 2006-2007
- Idris Legbo Kutigi, 2007-2009
- Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu, 2009-2011
- Dahiru Musdapher, 2011-2012
- Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, 2012-2014
- Mahmad Mohammed, 2014-2016
- Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, 2016 till date