A panel has been set up by the National Judicial Council to properly investigate the allegation against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, and the acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammad.
This was made known by the Director of Information, National Judicial Council, Mr. Soji Oye, in a statement issued on Monday after an emergency meeting held to consider the responses of both justices to the three petitions written against them.
“Members resolved to constitute into the Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee in accordance with Regulation 17 of the National Judicial Council Judicial Discipline Regulation2017 and report to Council on the 13th of February 2019,” the statement said.
A new petition against Justice Onnoghen was also received from the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Soji further disclosed.
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The suspended CJN, Onnoghen had already received the petition and he is expected to respond within seven days, Mr. Oye explained
The National Judicial Council reaffirmed its confidence in Justice Umaru Abdullahi and asked him to continue as the interim chairman of the Council.
Read the full statement below;
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.
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.