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NJC forwards findings on Onnoghen, Tanko investigations to Buhari

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THE National Judicial Council says it has forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari, its findings on the investigation carried out into the allegations levelled against both the suspended and Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen and Tanko Mohammed respectively.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Director of Information of the NJC, Soji Oye, on Wednesday. The NJC, however, added that it did not investigate the allegation of false asset declaration against Onnoghen because the matter was already in court and therefore subjudice.

“Council reached a decision on the petitions written by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and others and conveyed its decision to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR,” the statement read.

President Buhari congratulates Tanko Mohammed after swearing him in as acting CJN, shortly after suspending Onnoghen.

“Council also resolved that, by the nature of the decision reached, it would be inappropriate to publicise it before conveying it to Mr. President.

“Council decided that the allegations relating to assets declaration that were levelled against Hon. Mr. Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen, GCON were subjudice and therefore abstained from considering them.”

The Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had filed a petition against Onnoghen, accusing him of several offences bothering on bribery, false assets declaration, conversion of public finances for personal use and misconduct.

On the other hand, Mohammed, who took over from Onnoghen, albeit on acting capacity, was accused by Olisa Agbakoba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, of lending himself to constitutional infraction by the executive arm of government.

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Agbakoba stated that Mohammed, who was part of an NJC panel that sanctioned Justice Obisike Orji of Abia State for allowing himself to be sworn-in as Abia State Chief Judge by the state’s governor without the recommendation of the NJC, ought not to have accepted the appointment of CJN from President Muhammadu Buhari without the recommendation of the NJC.

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