- Following the NJC’s recommendation, the coast seems clear for Justice Tanko Muhammad to become substantive CJN
- President Buhari is, however, weighing if to accept the council’s recommendation on Justice Walter Onnoghen, the suspended CJN
- Justice Muhammad was absolved by the NJC of any blame in deferring to the president to be sworn in as the acting CJN
The coast seems clear for Justice Tanko Muhammad, acting chief justice of Nigeria, to become substantive CJN following the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
According to The Nation, President Muhammadu Buhari is likely to accept the recommendation from the NJC that Justice Muhammad should be CJN.
Legit.ng gathers that the president is, however, weighing if to accept the council’s recommendation on Justice Walter Onnoghen, the suspended chief justice of Nigeria.
Buhari is said to be seeking legal opinions on the NJC ‘s decision and reportedly met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the matter before flying out to Jordan on Thursday, April 4.
Justice Muhammad was absolved by the NJC of any blame in deferring to the president to be sworn in as the acting CJN.
Muhammad accepted the appointment after being presented with an ex parte order of the Code of Council Tribunal (CCT). The development led to the suspension of Onnoghen.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the National Judicial Commission recommended the retirement of the suspended chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The commission, after a deliberation on Wednesday, April 3, unanimously reached an agreement that Onnoghen be retired over petitions filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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