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Hon. Justice W.S. Nkanu Onnoghen was born
on the 22nd December, 1950 at Okurike Town, Biase L.G.A. of Cross Rivers State.He
attended the Presbyterian Primary School, Okurike Town between 1959 and 1965.
He later proceeded to Accra, Ghana to attend Odorgorno Secondary School,
Adabraka, Accra, Ghana between 1967 and 1972 for his West African Examination
Council (WAEC) Exams.

He was at Accra Academy, Accra Ghana
between 1972 and 1974 for his WAEC (A-Levels) before proceeding to the
University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana between 1974 and 1977 to obtain his Bachelor
of Law Degree (LL.B (Hons)) and graduated with 2nd Class Upper Division.

He attended the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos between 1977 and
1978 for his B.L certificate. 


Her previous professional appointments/positions held include: 

  • Pupil State Counsel, Ministry of Justice,
    Ikeja, Lagos, Ogun State (1978 – 1979)
  • Partner in the Law Firm of Effiom Ekong
    & Company, Calabar (1979 – 1988)
  • Principal Partner/Head of Chamber of Walter
    Onneghen & Associates, Calabar (1988 -1989)
  • High Court Judge, Cross Rivers State
    Judiciary (1989 – 1998)
  • Chairman, Cross Rivers State Armed Robbery
    and Fire Arms Tribunal (1990 – 1993)
  • Chairman, Judicial Enquiry into the Crisis
    between Student of the University of Calabar and Obufa Esuk Orok Community,
    Calabar (1996)
  • Chairman, Failed Bank Tribunal, Ibadan Zone (1998)
  • Judge, High Court of Rivers State (1992 –
    2004)
  • Justice of the Court of Appeal (1998 – 2005)

A Fellow, Chaterred Institute of
Arbitrators, Hon. Justice W.S. Nkanu Onnoghen has attended several conferences
and seminars around the world. He is a member of the Body of Bencher and Life
Bencher.
Hon. Justice W.S. Nkanu Onnoghen was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court
of Nigeria (JSC) since 2005 and further appointed as the Chief Justice of
Nigeria in 2017.