OKOWA CONGRATULATES ONNOGHEN ON HIS SWEARING-IN AS 20TH CJN

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen on his swearing-in as the 20th Chief Justice of Nigeria.


Governor Okowa expressed joy that Justice Onnoghen’s elevation to the highest judicial office in Nigeria is coming 30 years after the last Southerner Justice Ayo Irikefe last occupied the office in 1987.


Governor Okowa eulogized Justice Onnoghen for emerging the 20th Chief Justice of Nigeria.


The Governor noted that Justice Onnoghen was appointed at a time the judiciary was facing serious challenges occasioned by the trial of some Judges on corruption charges and urged the new CJN to ensure a total reorganisation of the judiciary to bring back the confidence reposed on the judiciary as the last hope of the common man.

Governor Okowa behalf of the Government and people of Delta State, congratulated his lordship Justice Onnoghen, GCON on his swearing in as the 20th Chief Justice of Nigeria and the conferment on him the second highest national honour of the Grand Commander of the Niger, GCON by the Acting President, His Excellency, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.

The Governor stressed that a strong and independent judiciary is a sine qua non for a full flegded democracy where the rule of law, respect for human rights and freedom of association are fundamental principles in a practicing democracy.

He added that the Judiciary more than ever must ensure that their independence is not jeopardised in any way or form to enable them perform adequately as the third arm of government. He wished Justice Onnoghen a successful tenure in office.



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