Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen

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Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen
Chief Justice of Nigeria
Assumed office
March 6, 2017
Nominated by Yemi Osinbajo (when acting as president)
Preceded by Mahmud Mohammed
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
Assumed office
Nominated by Olusegun Obasanjo
Personal details
Born (1950-12-22) 22 December 1950 (age 67)
Okurike Town, Biase, Cross River
Citizenship Nigerian
Nationality Nigerian
Spouse(s) Nkoyo Walter-Onnoghen
Children 4
Father Nkanu Onnoghen
Education University of Ghana (Bachelor of Laws)
Nigerian Law School
Occupation Supreme Court justice

Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON (born 22 December 1950[1]) is the Chief Justice of Nigeria since 2017.[2][3] He graduated from the University of Ghana at Legon, Ghana in 1977 and from the Nigerian Law School in Lagos in 1978.[1] Before joining the Supreme Court, he was a judge in Cross River State and a justice of the Court of Appeal.


Onnoghen was born on the 22 December 1950 at Okurike Town, Biase Local Government Area of Cross Rivers State.[1] After being nominated as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria by the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, he was confirmed by the Senate on 1st March, 2017, and sworn in on the 7th of March, 2017.


  1. ^ a b c "Justice Walter Samuel Nkwanu Onnoghen". Nigeria Governance Project KYG. 2013. Retrieved September 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "African biographies". The News. Independent Communication Network Ltd. 29: 27. 2007. 
  3. ^ "Supreme Court Judges of Nigeria". National Judicial Institute, Nigeria. Retrieved 17 July 2010. .