NJC constitutes Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee on Onnoghen, Tanko

The National Judicial Council  on Monday constituted a Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee to decide on the petitions against suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria Justices Walter Onnoghen; and the Acting CJN Muhammad Tanko.

Director of Information of the council, Mr. Soji Oye, said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NJC on January 29 served Onnoghen and Tanko a seven-day notice to respond to those petitions brought against them.

Oye said the decision was in accordance with Regulation 17 of the National Judicial Council Judicial Discipline Regulations, 2017.

He said the committee was expected to submit its report to council on February 13.

“The National Judicial Council reconvened today in an Emergency Meeting to consider the responses of Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON and Justice I.T. Muhammad, CFR to the three petitions written against them.

“The council will reconvene on Wednesday, 13th February, 2019.

“Council also received a new petition written by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON and forwarded it to him for his response within seven (7) working days.

“Council reaffirmed its confidence in Justice Umaru Abdullahi, CON and continues under his Interim Chairmanship,’’ Oye said.

NAN reports that Onnoghen is standing trial on six counts at the Code of Conduct Tribunal on allegations of non-assets declaration.

President Muhammed Buhari on account of an ex parte order mandating the stepping aside of the suspended CJN, appointed Justice Tanko as the acting CJN.

Meanwhile, Mr. Olisa Agbokoba (SAN) filed the petition against the acting CJN for accepting the appointment which according to him, falls below the prescribed legal process of appointing the CJN.