Onnoghen Retires As CJN

Walter Onnoghen has resigned as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) with immediate effect.

The Chief Justice turned in his resignation letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday evening, a day after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended his compulsory retirement for misconduct.

The moves now saves the President from having to get two-thirds majority of the senate to confirm Onnoghen’s retirement as stipulated in Section 292 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, which says that a “judicial officer shall not be removed from his office or appointment before his age of retirement except in the following circumstances – (a) in the case of – (i) Chief Justice of Nigeria… by the President acting on an address supported by two-thirds majority of the Senate”.

According to the recommendation of NJC, Onnoghen will receive his full retirement benefits. The benefits include a house in the federal capital, a nine-digit sum for furnishing, severance gratuity – which is 300% of his annual basic salary,and pension for life.

Onnoghen was due to retire in 2020.


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