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NJC Recommended Onnoghen’s Compulsory Retirement —Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has finally opened up on the National Judicial Council [NJC]’s recommendation on the erstwhile Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Court documents filed on behalf of the Federal Government, Attorney General of the Federation and Buhari revealed that the NJC recommended Onnoghen’s compulsory retirement.

The documents obtained by The PUNCH on Monday, stated that Onnoghen was recommended for compulsory retirement based on a petition by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission “alleging financial impropriety and infidelity to the Constitution”.

This is contrary to speculation of the NJC’s offer of “voluntary retirement” of Onnoghen, following the refusal of the council to make public its recommendation of April 5, 2019.

The documents were filed by the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata, on behalf of the three out of a total of seven defendants in opposition to a suit instituted by Malcom Omirhobo Foundation.

The plaintiff in the suit dated April 8, 2019, sought an order of the Federal High Court in Abuja stopping the confirmation and appointment of acting CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, in a permanent capacity.


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