- Chief Malcom Omirhobo filed a suit asking the court to stop President Buhari from making Tanko Muhammad substantive CJN
- The rights lawyer said Muhammad allowed himself to be used by the government
- The court, however, refused to grant the request
The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has refused to grant an order to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from swearing in Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Vanguard reports that “the court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, fixed May 13 to enable President Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation, the National Judicial Council, NJC, as well as the Federal Judicial Service Commission, FJSC, to adduce reason why Justice Muhammad, should not be declared unfit to finally take over the leadership of the judiciary."
Justice Walter Onnoghen was found guilty by the Code of Conduct Tribunal of false asset declaration while President Buhari extended the acting position of Muhammad for another three months.
Chief Malcom Omirhobo, in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/420/2019, asked the court to declare that Justice Muhammad is unfit to replace Onnoghen.
Specifically, the plaintiff, prayed the court to declare that the Acting CJN, “having made himself available as a tool that was used in the violation of the Constitution, especially with regards to the 'illegal' removal of the former CJN, is therefore not a proper and fit person to be recommended for appointment to head the judiciary.”
Legit.ng had reported that President Buhari extended the appointment of Muhammad as acting CJN by three months, following the approval by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Saturday, April 20, by the NJC spokesman, Soji Oye.
Legit.ng gathered that the spokesman was reacting to a report that council would meet to deliberate on extension of the acting CJN.
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