Petitions Against CJN Onnoghen & Muhammad Credible, NJC Decides, Sets Up Investigative Panel

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) on Wednesday resolved at its meeting that both the petitions against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen (CJN) and acting CJN Tanko Muhammad are credible enough to be further investigated by a panel.

The council therefore constituted a five-man panel to look into the allegations levelled against both men.

The panel will be headed by a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice S.A Akintan.

All the panel members are also members of the NJC.

NJC’s Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye, disclosed this in a statement, saying the council took the decision after accepting the result of the preliminary assessment of the petitions written against Onnoghen and Muhammed.

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

It added, “Consequently, the council constituted a five-memberNJC 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.”

It further revealed that a new petition was filed against Justice Muhammad by the Action People’s Parting and that the NJC has given the acting CJN “abridged seven days” to respond.

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