NJC Summons Emergency Meeting over CJN Onnoghen

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has summoned an emergency meeting over the suspension of Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), TheCable writes.

The meeting, called by some NJC members in line with its rules, will hold in Abuja on Tuesday after it was moved by one day.

A member of NJC who spoke to TheCable said neither Onnoghen, whose suspension has become a subject of controversy, nor Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, the acting CJN, will be allowed to preside over the meeting.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday took the unprecedented move of suspending Onnoghen and replacing him with Muhammad, citing an order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) had filed a six-count charge against the CJN over false declaration of assets.

But many lawyers and civil rights activists have kicked against the president’s action, labelling it a coup against the judiciary.

They also claim the NJC ought to have investigated the allegations levelled against the CJN before any action is taken.

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