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The National Judicial Commission (NJC) has taken a decision on the allegations of misconduct brought against Walter Onnoghen, the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), and Tanko Muhammad, the acting CJN. The council advised President Muhammadu Buhari to compulsorily retire the CJN with due benefits.
The body reached the decision after an emergency meeting to examine the report of the five-man committee set up to investigate the petitions against Onnoghen and Muhammad. However, it refrained from making its findings public.
“The National Judicial Council reconvened today in an Emergency Meeting to consider the Report of the Five-Man Committee constituted to investigate the allegations of misconduct made against Hon. Mr Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen, GCON and Hon. Mr Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, said Soji Oye, NJC’s Director of Information.
“Council decided that the allegations relating to assets declaration that was levelled against Hon. Mr Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen, GCON were subjudice and therefore abstained from considering them.
“Council reached a decision on the petitions written by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and others and conveyed its decision to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.
“Council also resolved that, by the nature of the decision reached, it would be inappropriate to publicise it before conveying it to Mr President.”
Information from sources close to the Presidency and the NJC confirmed that the undisclosed resolution is to retire Onnoghen with all necessary benefits of the Chief Justice of Nigeria.