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NJC Recommends Suspended CJN Onnoghen For Retirement

The National Judicial Commission (NJC) has recommended Justice Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Judge of Nigeria (CJN), for retirement.

After deliberating on the petition filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, 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 in the judiciary — sat under the interim leadership of Umaru Abdullahi, former president of the court of appeal, who had to act as Onnoghen was already under suspension.

According to TheCable, 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.

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