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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

NJC to Onnoghen, Tanko Muhammad: You have 7 days to respond - ITREALMS

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has told the duo of Hon. Justices Walter Nkanu Onnoghen, and Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, they have seven (7) days to make their responses on the petitions against them before the council, reports ITREALMS.

Rising from emergency session Wednesday, NJC through the Director, Information, Soji Oye, Esq in a press statement made availble to ITREALMS, said that both have 7 days to respond instead of the usual 14 days in the bid to resolve the judicial quagmire occasioned by the suspension of Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari last Friday.

The suspension has been largely critised by both members of the bar and bench as well as the international community.

According to Oye, the Council refered the petition against Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Chairman, Danladi Yakubu Umar to the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC).

NJC, he said, would reconvene on 11th February, 2019 on the two petitions and should have received responses from Onnoghen and Tanko Muhammad.

At the emergency meeting Oye said, they considered four (4) petitions filed at its Secretariat, including the petition against Hon. Mr. Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON by Zikhrillahi Ibrahim of Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civil Education; Petition against Hon. Mr. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, CFR by Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative;

Petition against Hon. Mr. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, CFR by Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, OON; and Petition against Hon. Danladi Yakubu Umar, Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal by Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative.

"In view of the gravity of the matters involved, Council abridged the usual response period from fourteen (14) to seven (7) working days for the Hon. Justices to respond," Oye said, while the duo involved recused themselves from the meeting.

Consequently, Council elected Hon. Mr. Justice Umaru Abdullahi, former President of the Court of Appeal as Interim Chairman to preside over the meeting.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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Pix: Justices Tanko and Onnoghen

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