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NJC Gives Onnoghen, Muhammad 7 Working Days To Respond To Petitions



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National Judicial Council (NJC) held an Emergency Meeting on Tuesday and considered four petitions filed at its Secretariat.

The petitions are: Petition against Justice Walter Onnoghen by Zikhrillahi Ibrahim of Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civil Education; petition against Justice Tanko Muhammad by Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative; petition against Justice Tanko Muhammad by Olisa Agbakoba; and petition against Hon. Danladi Umar, Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal by Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative.

Council referred the petition against Umar to the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC), which is the appropriate constitutional body empowered to deal with it.

In line with its procedure, Council also forwarded the petitions against Onnoghen and Muhammad to them for their responses.

In view of the gravity of the matters involved, Council abridged the usual response period from 14 to 7 working days for the Hon. Justices to respond.

Onnoghen and Muhammad recused themselves from the meeting. Consequently, Council elected Justice Umaru Abdullahi, former President of the Court of Appeal as Interim Chairman to preside over the meeting.

Council will reconvene on February 11.