By Ushang Ewa
The Cross River State Government has announced plans to host the Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen to celebrate his appointment as the head of the country’s apex court.
Justice Onnoghen was earlier sworn in as the Chief Judge of the Supreme Court by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo after being in acting capacity for more than 3 months with speculations that the Presidency did not fancy the idea of a southerner whose inclinations were towards the opposition Peoples Democratic Party than the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Now, CJN Onnoghen who hails from Biase in southern Cross River State will be celebrated by the state in an event estimated to cost NGN100million.
The Commissioner for Information, Rosemary Archibong told Government House Correspondent after an emergency State Executive Council meeting that the state plans to honor CJN Onnoghen who is the first Cross Riverian to attain that height and the first southern Nigerian after CJN Ayo Irikefe headed the Supreme Court almost 30 years ago.
She was accompanied by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Joe Abang at the briefing.
Commissioner Abang had raised the memo in the emergency executive council meeting which was the only matter included in the agenda, sources told CrossRiverWatch.
Also, findings revealed that a committee has been set up with some government functionaries complaining they were not included to “share and partake” in the planning.
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