Nigeria: NJC issues fresh query to suspended CJN Onnoghen
London, Feb. 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The National Judicial Council has issued a fresh query to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The query was sequel to the petition sent to the council by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The NJC, which took the decision after its meeting in Abuja on Monday, asked Onnoghen to respond to the query within seven working days.
Meanwhile, the National Judicial Council says it has set up a preliminary complaints assessment committee to review the responses given to it by the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, and the Supreme Court Justice Ibrahim Muhammad who is acting in his stead.
Mr Onnoghen is accused of failing to fully declare his assets, while Mr Muhammad is facing allegations of misconduct in allowing himself to be sworn in as a replacement for Mr Onnoghen, whose suspension by President Buhari critics say violated the constitution.
Both men are being investigated by the NJC as required by the law.
The council sat on Monday and was expected to give its verdict after hearing the responses of the two accused judges. Both had been given seven days to respond to the allegations against them.
A spokesperson for the NJC, Soji Oye, said in a statement Monday that the NJC reconvened and resolved to constitute into the Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee in accordance with Regulation 17 of the National Judicial Council Judicial Discipline Regulations, 2017.
The committee is to report its finding to the council on February 13 when it will reconvene.
However, the council according to the statement will reconvene on Wednesday.