NJC removes Onnoghen, names Tanko as acting chair

Posted by News Express | 22 April 2019 | 1,204 times

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•National Judicial Council during a meeting

 The National Judicial Council, NJC has removed Justice Walter Onnoghen’s name from the Council’s members’ list and named the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, as the acting chairman.

Checks on the official website of the Council revealed that Justice Onnoghen is no longer on the list of current council members. The list is now headed by Justice Tanko. The council list is made up of 23 members instead of the full membership of 24.

Justice Onnoghen is listed among former chair of the Council.

President Muhammadu Buhari controversially suspended Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen in January over allegation of false and non-declaration of assets.

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Thursday convicted Onnoghen of false and non-declaration of assets.

The tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, also ordered the immediate removal of Onnoghen from office as the CJN and the Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC) as well as the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC). He has denied all allegations against him, and has appealed the ruling. (NAN)

Source: News Express

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