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Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN)


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Chief Justice of Nigeria is the highest rank in the Nigerian Judiciary, the head of the Judiciary, Chair Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council.

It is a tenured position, with each Justice serving 4 year tenures, although reappointments can allow for a longer tenure.

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Tenure: 4 years

Process: Recommendation by the National Judicial Council, Appointment by the President, Confirmation by the Senate.

Arm of Government: Judiciary

Duty: Organization and administration of the Judiciary as a whole, with national authority, in cordination with member Judges of the supreme court.

Current Chief Justice of Nigeria: Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen

Below is a list of all Chief Justices in the history of Nigeria, inclusive of the colonial Justices (marked with Asterics);

No Name Tenure Exit Style
1

Sir Edwin Speed *

1914-1918   
2

Sir Ralph Combe *

1918-1929   
3 Donald Kingdon * 1929-1946   
4 Sir John Verity * 1946-1954   
5 Sir Stafford Sutton * 1955-1958   
6 Adetokunbo Ademola 1958-1972   
7 Taslim Olawale Elias 1972-1975   
8

Darnley Arthur Alexander 

1975-1979  
9 9. Attanda Fatai Williams 1979-1983        
10 10. George Sodeinde Sowewimo 1983-1985  
11 11. Ayo Gabriel Irikefe 1985-1987 Retired
12 12. Mohammed Bello 1987-1995  
13 13. Muhammad Lawal Uwais 1995-2006   
14 14. Salihu Moddibo Alfa Belgore 2006-2007  
15 15. Idris Legbo Kutigi 2007-2009   
16 16. Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu 2009-2011   
17 17. Dahiru Musdapher 2011-2012  
18 18. Aloma Mariam Mukhtar 2012-2014   
19 19. Mahmad Mohammed 2014-2016  
20  20. Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen 2016 till date.   

 

Updated 7 Months ago
 

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