BY CHUKS NNOCHIRI in Abuja•
The crisis rocking the Nigeria’s judiciary continue on Wednesday as the National Judicial Council (NJC) decided to set up a five-man panel to look into the allegations levelled against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, and the acting CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad.
According to reports, the panel is expected to be headed by a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice S.A Akintan, who likes other members of the committee, is a member of the council.
NJC’s Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye, said in a statement that the council took the decision after accepting “the result of the preliminary assessment of the petitions” written against the duo.
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,” the statement said.
It added that a new petition was filed against Justice Muhammad by the Action People’s Parting, adding that the council gave the acting CJN “abridged seven days” for his “comments”.
More to come…