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NJC forms 5-man panel to investigate Justices Onnoghen, Muhammad



NJC forms 5-man panel to investigate Justices Onnoghen, Muhammad

After the result of the preliminary assessment of petitions against suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen and the acting CJN, Tanko Muhammad, the National Judicial Council (NJC) has instituted a five-man panel to further probe the allegations against the duo.

The decision followed the resolution of the council on Wednesday, according to a statement by the Director of Information of the council, Mr. Soji Oye.

The panel is to be headed by Justice S.A Akintan, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court.

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He said the council considered the “petitions to be worthy of further investigation and should not be terminated under Rule 17 of the Judicial Discipline Regulations of the Council”.

“Consequently, the council constituted a five-member NJC Investigation Committee pursuant to Rule 20(1) of the Judicial Discipline Regulations under the chairmanship of Hon. Mr. Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.”

He added that the council received a new petition against Justice Muhammad adding that the acting CJN had one week to comment on the petition.

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