The National Judicial Commission (NJC) has recommended Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), for compulsory retirement, TheCable reports.
According to the online newspaper, the NJC reached the decision after deliberating on the petition filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday.
It is understood that members of the NJC unanimously agreed that Onnoghen has lost the moral authority to continue as CJN with the litany of allegations bordering on misconduct.
The NJC — which handles disciplinary issues of judicial officers — sat under the interim leadership of Umaru Abdullahi, former president of the court of appeal, who had to act because Onnoghen was already under suspension.
The council also concluded that Tanko Muhammad did not commit any offence by making himself available to be sworn in as acting CJN without the recommendation of the NJC.
These recommendations have been passed to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval, Soji Oye, the council’s director of information, informed the media on Wednesday, although he did not make the details public.
Following the recommendation of the NJC, the president will now to seek the approval of the senate for Onnoghen to be retired.
Onnoghen is also undergoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over allegations of false asset declaration — charges he has denied.