Buhari pencils down CJN Onnoghen’s replacement

Posted by News Express | 13 January 2019 | 5,001 times

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•Embattled CJN Onnoghen

President Muhammadu Buhari has penciled down Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), News Express learnt on Saturday night. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed, according to informed sources, is in a pole position to take over from embattled CJN Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, who has reportedly been directed to leave office immediately over alleged sundry asset declaration issues.

In a move to force Justice Onnoghen out of office, the Federal Government will on Monday January 14, 2019 arraigned the CJN before the Justice Danladi Yakubu-led Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja on charges of failures to declare his assets as required by law and for operating Bank Domiciliary Foreign Currency Accounts.

An exclusive report on Saturday by PRNigeria said that the charge against Justice Onnoghen has already being filed and served on him last Friday at his official residence in Abuja preparatory for his appearance at the tribunal.

The Federal Government, among others, is accusing Nigeria’s Head of the Judiciary of refusal to declare his assets in breach of the provision of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act.

He is also being accused of maintaining domiciliary foreign currencies account which comprised Dollars Account, Pound Sterling Account and Euro Account which are alleged to be contrary to relevant laws, especially for public office holders.

However, as reported last night by News Express, the South-South Governors’ Forum has frowned at the development and summoned an emergency meeting in Abuja today, Sunday, December 13, 2019.


Source: News Express

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