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Onnoghen: NJC appoints Tanko Muhammad as Acting chair

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•Removes ex-CJN’s name from membership list

Jude Johnson

The National Judicial Council (NJC) replaced the ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen with the Acting CJN Tanko Muhammad.

NJC also removed the name and image of  Onnoghen from its members’ list on its website after his voluntary retirement.

To this end, Justice Tanko Muhammad was listed by the NJC as the acting chairman of the council.

The Council, on Thursday, April 19 approved the extension of the appointment of Justice Muhammad for another three months following a recommendation sent by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) convicted Onnoghen on a six-count charge involving false and non-declaration of assets.

The tribunal also ordered the removal of Onnoghen as the CJN and chairman NJC.

He was also prohibited from holding public office for 10 years for contravening the CCB laws in his Assets Declaration Form.

The position of the deputy chairman of the council is still yet unfilled but according to Constitution the next most senior Justice of the Supreme Court will be appointed the Deputy Chairman.


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