Onnoghen gets fresh query from NJC after EFCC petition

Onnoghen gets fresh query from NJC after EFCC petition

- The National Judicial Council (NJC) has queried the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen again

- The NJC took the action after it received a petition from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

- The council will reconvene on Wednesday, February 13 to continue deliberations on the matter

The National Judicial Council (NJC) on Monday, February 11, considered the responses the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen and the acting CJN, Tanko Muhammad, to the three petitions written against them.

According to The Nation, the NJC set up a Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee in accordance with Regulation 17 of its Judicial Discipline Regulations, 2017, to do its findings and report to the council on Wednesday, February 13.

The Council also received a new petition written by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against Justice Walter Onnoghen, and forwarded it to him for his response within seven working days.

Justice Onnoghen who was served a six-count charge of false assets declaration by the code of conduct tribunal has since been replaced by acting CJN Justice Muhammad.

The council will reconvene on Wednesday, February 13 to continue deliberations on the matter.

Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) has berated the Nigerian government for the suspension of Onnoghen, saying it breaches international human rights standard.

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Diego Garcia-Sayan, the UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, on Monday, February 11 said: “International human rights standards provide that judges may be dismissed only on serious grounds of misconduct or incompetence.

“Any decision to suspend or remove a judge from office should be fair and should be taken by an independent authority such as a judicial council or a court.”

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