- The NJC has constituted a fresh panel to continue deliberating over the petitions against Justices Walter Onnoghen and Tanko Mohammed
- The NJC agreed that the petitions were worthy of further investigation and should not be terminated
- The council also disclosed that a fresh petition against Justice Mohammed had been received from the All Peoples Party (APP)
A new investigative panel has been constituted by the National Judicial Council (NJC) to continue deliberating on the preliminary assessment of an earlier panel in the petitions against Justice Walter Onnoghen, the suspended chief justice of Nigeria and the acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed.
The development was disclosed in a statement signed by the NJC’s director of information, Soji Oye, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng notes that on Wednesday, February 12, the council met to receive the recommendation of the initial panel constituted to look into Onnoghen and Mohammed’s responses, and decided to probe further into the allegations against the two most senior justices.
In the statement, the NJC agreed that “the petitions were worthy of further investigation and should not be terminated under Rule 17 of the Judicial Discipline Regulations of the Council.”
It continued: “Consequently, the council constituted a five-member investigation committee pursuant to Rule 20 (1) of the Judicial Discipline Regulations under the chairmanship of Hon Mr Justice SA Akintan, CON, a retired justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.”
The council also disclosed that a fresh petition against Justice Mohammed had been received from the All Peoples Party (APP). It directed the acting CJN to reply within seven working days.
The statement read: “Council directed the investigation committee to work expeditiously, determine all the petitions and responses and report to council for a final decision.”
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the deliberation by the National Judicial Council on Justices Walter Onnoghen and Tanko Muhammad was expected to continue.
The deliberation by the NJC was adjourned on Tuesday, January 29, to February 11, after it directed Onnoghen and Mohammed to respond to various petitions against them.
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