- Justice Onnoghen's name was removed from the NJC members' list
- Onnoghen was found guilt of false asset declaration by the CCT
- The former chief justice was recommended for removal by the NJC
The name of Justice Walter Onnoghen has reportedly been removed from the National Judicial Council’s members’ list.
The punch reports that this development is in preparation of the ground for a justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, to emerge as the council’s deputy chairman.
On the NJC website, only 23 members are listed instead of 24 with Onnoghen being the obvious omission.
It was gathered that following Onnoghen’s exit, “Justice Rhodes-Vivour as the second most senior Justice of the Supreme Court would be announced as the deputy chairman at the next meeting of the council.”
A top judiciary source said: “The date of the next meeting of the NJC is not known yet; but because the acting CJN has just taken over as the acting chairman of the council, it is expected that the deputy chairman will be announced at the next meeting.”
Onnoghen was found guilty by the Code of Conduct Tribunal of false asset declaration ordered his removal as the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the chairman of both the NJC and the Federal Judicial Service Commission.
Meanwhile, governors in the south south region reportedly resolved to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the Walter Onnoghen saga.
The governors are hoping the president would accept the former chief justice of Nigeria’s resignation.
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