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NJC Sets Up Panel To Probe Onnoghen And Acting CJN, Justice Mohammad

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has set up a panel to look into the petitions against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, and the acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammad.

Mr Onnoghen is accused of failing to fully declare his assets, while Mr Muhammad is facing allegations of misconduct in allowing himself to be sworn in as a replacement for Mr Onnoghen, whose suspension by President Buhari critics say violated the constitution.

Both men are being investigated by the NJC as required by the law.

NJC Director of Information, Mr Soji Oye, revealed this in a statement on Monday.

According to him, the Council took the decision at the end of an emergency meeting convened to consider the responses of both justices to the three petitions written against them.

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“Members resolved to constitute into the Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee in accordance with Regulation 17 of the National Judicial Council Judicial Discipline Regulations, 2017 and report to Council on the 13th of February 2019,” the statement said.

“Council also received a new petition written by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Hon. Mr. Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON and forwarded it to him for his response within seven (7) working days,” Mr Oje said.

“Council reaffirmed its confidence in Hon. Mr. Justice Umaru Abdullahi, CON and continues under his Interim Chairmanship.”

Petitions

The petition against Mr Onnoghen was written by members of a group, Resource Centre For Civil Education, while the allegation against Mr Muhammad was written by a former Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba, and another group, Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative.

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Mr Onnoghen was suspended on January 25, 11 days after his trial on alleged false asset charge began at the Code of Conduct Tribunal on January 14.

If both officers are found liable by the council after today’s meeting, the consequence may include the appointment of a new CJN for the country.

Read the full statement below;

• NJC constitutes Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee under Regulation 17.
• To reconvene on Wednesday, 13th February, 2019.
• Forwards new petition by The EFCC to Hon. Mr Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON for response within seven (7) days.

The National Judicial Council reconvened today in an Emergency Meeting to consider the responses of Hon. Mr Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON and Hon. Mr Justice I.T. Muhammad, CFR to the three petitions written against them.

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Members resolved to constitute into the Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee in accordance with Regulation 17 of the National Judicial Council Judicial Discipline Regulations, 2017 and report to Council on the 13th of February 2019.

The Council will reconvene on Wednesday, 13th February 2019.

Council also received a new petition written by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Hon. Mr Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON and forwarded it to him for his response within seven (7) working days.

Council reaffirmed its confidence in Hon. Mr Justice Umaru Abdullahi, CON and continues under his Interim Chairmanship.

Soji Oye, Esq.
Director (Information)