Published On: Wed, Jan 30th, 2019

Onnoghen, Muhammad Get 7-Days To Repond To Queries, As NJC Begins Trial

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…CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar To Be Tried By FJSC

NJC Building in Abuja

By Sadiq Umar – The National Judicial Council (NJC) has directed suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen and acting CJN, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad to respond petitions written against them by two civil society organisations.

The NJC gave seven-day ultimatum for the two justices to answer its queries on regarding the petitions file against Mr. Onnoghen and Mr. Muhammad by Zikhrillahi Ibrahim of Resources Centre for Human Rights and Civil Education and Olisa Agbakoba, respectively because of the “gravity of the petitions.

However, it directed another petition written against the Chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Yakubu Umar, by the Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative to the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC), stating that matters as such are under the purview of FJSC.

At an emergency meeting presided over by former President of the Court of Appeal as Interim Chairman Mr. Justice Umaru Abdullahi, CON, held Tuesday, NJC considered four petitions filed at its Secretariat against the justices.

“Council referred the petition against Hon. Danladi Yakubu Umar to the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) which is the appropriate constitutional body empowered to deal with it,” NJC said in a statement by its Director of Information, Soji Oye.

It stated that, “in line with its procedure, Council also forwarded the petitions against Hon. Justices W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON and I. T. Muhammad, CFR to them for their responses.

“In view of the gravity of the matters involved, Council abridged the usual response period from fourteen (14) to seven (7) working days for the Hon. Justices to respond.

“Hon. Mr. Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen, GCON and Hon. Mr. Justice I.T. Muhammad, CFR recused themselves from the meeting.  Consequently, Council elected Hon. Mr. Justice Umaru Abdullahi, CON, former President of the Court of Appeal as Interim Chairman to preside over the meeting.

“Council will reconvene on the 11th February, 2019,” Mr. Oye added.

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