Nigeria’s embattled Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen, has reportedly resigned, hours after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended his compulsory retirement, with full benefits, to President Muhammadu Buhari.
His resignation was confirmed on Friday by a senior lawyer in his legal team, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN)
“I have just spoken with him. He confirmed to me that he resigned voluntarily yesterday (Thursday),” he told the Press.
According to him, he acted in the interest of the judiciary.
“He said he resigned in the interest of the Judiciary,” Awomolo said.
It is understand that the CJN sent his resignation letter already to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.
This comes barely 24 hours after the NJC’s verdict on allegations of misconduct against him.