NJC gives Justice Onnoghen 7 days to respond to EFCC Petition, reconvenes Wednesday

Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen

The National Judicial Council, NJC, on Monday gave the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, additional 7 days to respond to a fresh petition against him, this time by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The Council took the decision its emergency meeting in Abuja.

The regulatory body resolved to constitute a complaint panel to look into the various complaints against both Justice Onnoghen and the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.

It will be recalled that NJC had at its sitting on January 29 adjourned to February 11 after it gave both Onnoghen and Muhammad 7 days to respond to the allegations against them.

The statement issued by the body through its Director of Information, Mr Soji Oye, disclosed that it received a fresh petition from the EFCC against Mr Onnoghen, to which he was directed to reply within the next 7 days.

“Members resolved to constitute into the Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee in accordance with Regulation 17 of the National Judicial Council Judicial Discipline Regulations, 2017 and report to Council on the 13th of February 2019”, the statement said.

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

“Council also received a new petition written by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Justice Walter Onnoghen, and forwarded it to him for his response within seven (7) working days”, the statement read.

It added that the NJC reaffirmed its confidence in Justice Umaru Abdullahi, as Interim Chairman of the NJC.

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