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NJC gives Onnoghen, Muhammad 7 days to answer petitions

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has given the suspended CJN Justice Walter Onnoghen and the acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammad seven days to respond petitions against them.

This is one of the major decisions taken by the NJC during today’s emergency meeting at Abuja.

The NJC also referred a petition against the CCT Chairman, Justice Danladi Umar to the Federal Judicial Service Commission. Find below details of the outcome of the meeting released by the Director of Information, Soji Oye Esq.

The NJC has given Hon. Mr. Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON and Hon. Mr. Justice I.T. Muhammad, CFR seven (7) working days to respond to petitions.

[It] refers petition against CCT Chairman, Danladi Yakubu Umar to the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) To reconvene on 11th February, 2019.

The National Judicial Council held an Emergency Meeting today and considered four (4) petitions filed at its Secretariat.

The petitions are: Petition against Hon. Mr. Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON by Zikhrillahi Ibrahim of Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civil Education; petition against Hon. Mr. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, CFR by Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative; petition against Hon. Mr. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, CFR by Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, OON; and petition against Hon. Danladi Yakubu Umar, Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal by Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative.

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.

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.

The Council will reconvene on the 11th February, 2019.

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