Despite anxiety, all is set for the inauguration of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria( CJN).
The CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed is retiring today after a attaining the mandatory age of 70 years.
According to a top source, Onnoghen will be inaugurated in acting capacity until the confirmation of his appointment by the Senate.
The constitution allows the most senior justice of the Supreme Court to serve in acting capacity for three months until he is appointed by the President and subject to confirmation by the Senate.
Although the presidency was yet to forward the name of Onnoghen, it was learnt the process was in progress.
Both the National Judicial Council and the Federal Judicial Service Commission have recommended Onnoghen as the next CJN.
The source said: “All is set for the inauguration of Onnoghen as the acting CJN by President Muhammadu Buhari to avoid any vacuum in the Judiciary.
“He will be in charge until the process of his nomination and confirmation is completed by the presidency and the Senate.”