NJC receives EFCC petition against Walter Onnoghen

Justice Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria
Suspended Justice Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria

The National Judicial Council has confirmed that it has received a new petition from Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

NJC made the disclosure on Monday after an emergency meeting convened to consider the responses of Justice Onnoghen and acting CJN, Tank Mohammed to the three petitions written against them.

Mr Soji Oye, the Director of Information of the NJC also confirmed that a committee was set-up to look into the petitions against Justice Onnoghen.

The panel would also investigate another written against the the acting CJN, Justice Mohammed.

According to Oye, 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.’’

Oye said the Council also received a new petition against Justice Onnoghen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He disclosed that the petition has been forwarded to the suspended CJN while he has been asked to respond within seven working days.

In the meantime, the NJC reaffirmed its confidence in Justice Umaru Abdullahi and asked him to continue as the interim chairman of the Council.

NJC would reconvene on Wednesday.

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