Onnoghen and Tanko’s Predicaments

The National Judicial Council has set up a five-man panel to investigate the suspended Chief Judge of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen over allegations levelled against him.

The NJC’s panel will also investigate the acting CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad.

The panel is to be headed by a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice S.A Akintan, who like other members of the committee, is a member of the council.

According to NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, in a statement on Wednesday, the council took the decision after accepting “the result of the preliminary assessment of the petitions” against the duo.

He said the council considered the “petitions to be worthy of further investigation and should not be terminated under Rule 17 of the Judicial Discipline Regulations of the Council.”

“Consequently, the council constituted a five-member NJC Investigation Committee pursuant to Rule 20(1) of the Judicial Discipline Regulations under the chairmanship of Hon. Mr. Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.”

NJC added that it received a new petition against Justice Muhammad from the Action People’s Party.

It added that the council gave the acting CJN “abridged seven days” for his “comments.”

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