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Onnoghen Given 7-day Ultimatum By NJC To Answer Petition

By Ajibola Abayomi,

January 29, 2018.

Justice Walter Onnoghen

The National Judicial Committee has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen to respond to a petition filed against him by the office of the attorney-general of the federation.

According to reports, the emergency meeting took place on Tuesday, January 29.

The NJC also issued a seven-day ultimatum to the acting CJN, Ibrahim Muhammad, to respond to alleged breach of its rule.

The emergency meeting of the National Judicial Council (NJC) has ended.

It also referred petition written against Danladi Umar, the Code of Conduct Tribunal chairman, to the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC).

NJC is expected to reconvene on February 11, to discuss further actions against the top two judicial officers.

In a related development, a front-line lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana, condemned the decision by the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria Onnoghen to challenge his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Falana who made this known on Sunday, January 27, pointed out that Onnoghen himself stated during the case of Senate President Bukola Saraki and the federal government that the CCT was the only forum empowered to try public office holders.

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