- Ibrahim Mohammed, the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria will not be around at the sitting of National Judicial Council
- The NJC's meeting will be discussing issues surrounding the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen and Mohammed’s appointment by President Buhari
- Mohammed said he will not be attending the meeting to allow the council come to an objective decision
Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed will not be present at the sitting of the National Judicial Council (NJC) which is ongoing today, Tuesday, January 28, as the judicial council will be deliberating on issues surrounding Justice Walter Onnoghen’s suspension.
It should be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari appointed the acting CJN amidst some very controversial developments on Friday, January 25.
NJC is by law chaired by the chief justice of the nation and deputized by the person that is in line to become the next CJN.
Before Onnoghen was suspended, he chaired the council meetings as Mohammed deputized him through the sessions.
The meeting of the NJC on Tuesday will be also be discussing issues around Ibrahim Mohammed’s appointment as it will take a final position on the suspension of Onnoghen.
Premium Times reports that Mohammed stayed away from the meeting to avoid interference; however, the acting CJN is currently sitting over cases at the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that presidential candidates under the umbrella of Forum of Presidential Candidates and Political Parties for Good Governance (FPCPPGG) have backed the suspension of Onnoghen by President Buhari.
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Alhaji Mohammed Shittu, the chairman of the group, at a news conference on Monday, January 28, in Abuja said Buhari's action was proper and timely.
Shittu expressed astonishment at the reactions to the alleged offence committed by Onnoghen, which were coming mainly from senior legal practitioners, and which were not based on the law, but premised on emotions, sentiments and political affiliations.
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