A petition has been filed against the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad. The petition was lead by Mr Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) (former President of NBA) to sanction ACJN Tanko Muhammad for accepting to be sworn in by President Buhari as the new Acting CJN without proper recommendation by the National Judiciary Council.
The ACJN Tanko Muhammad has therefore been given seven (7) days to respond to the petition. More so, the suspended CJN Walter Onnoghen was also petitioned by EFCC accusing him for failure to declare some bank accounts with huge funds, and in foreign currencies as part of his assets.
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The NJC has therefore set up investigation to look into these petitions. According to its statement, “In continuation of its Emergency Meeting, the National Judicial Council accepted the result of the preliminary assessment of the petitions against Hon. Mr Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen, (GCON) and Hon. Mr Justice I. T. Muhammad, (CFR) that the petitions were 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 Investigation Committee pursuant to Rule 20 (1) of the Judicial Discipline Regulations under the Chairmanship of Hon. Mr. Justice S. A. Akintan, (CON), a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
“A new petition against Hon. Mr Justice I. T. Muhammad, (CFR), by the Action People’s Party (APP) was referred to the Hon. Mr Justice for his comments within abridged seven days.
“Council directed the Investigation Committee to work expeditiously, determine all the petitions and responses and report to the council for a final decision”.