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NJC sends investigative report on Onnoghen, acting CJN to Buhari

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The National Judicial Council (NJC) said it has sent its concluded investigation on the petitions written against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, and the Acting CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Director, Information of the NJC, Mr. Soji Oye, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

The council said it considered it inappropriate to publicise the report before Buhari received it.

The NJC however said it decided to refrain from considering the allegation that Justice Onnoghen failed to declare his assets, because it was the subject matter of ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

‎The statement read, “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.

“Council decided that the allegations relating to assets declaration that were 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 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.”


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