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Onnoghen: NJC sets up preliminary complaints assessment committee

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The National Judicial Council, NJC, has set up a Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee over the petitions submitted against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen and the Acting CJN, Tanko Mohammed.

The setting up of the committee, according to the Director of Information of NJC, was in compliance with Regulation 17 of the National Judicial Council Judicial Discipline Regulations, 2017.

In a statement issued on Monday, Oye said the committee would submit its report on February 13.

The statement reads:  “The National Judicial Council reconvened today in an Emergency Meeting to consider the responses of Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON and Justice I.T. Muhammad, CFR to the three petitions written against them.

“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 Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON, and forwarded it to him for his response within seven (7) working days.

“Council reaffirmed its confidence in Justice Umaru Abdullahi, CON and continues under his Interim Chairmanship.’’

It would be recalled that NJC, on January 29, issued a seven days ultimatum to Onnoghen, to respond to the petition filed against him.

Onnoghen was accused of non-declaration of assets.

Similarly, NJC issued a seven days ultimatum for Tanko Mohammed to respond to a petition against him.

He was accused of violating the NJC rules by taking up the position of the CJN without the approval of the council.

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