Justice Walter Onnoghen


(By Silas Ofori)-Respite appears not to be in view yet for the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, following another query from the National Judicial Commission, demanding his response in seven days to a petition forwarded to it by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

This indication was given by the Director of Information at the National Judicial Council, Mr Soji Oye, in a statement on Monday, even as it added that the NJC has also set up a panel to look into the petitions against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, and the acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammad.

The decision of the Council, according to the statement, was taken at the end of an emergency meeting to consider the responses of the embattled justices to the petitions written against them, adding that Council would be reconvening on Wednesday, 13th February, 2019.

The statement reads: “Members resolved to constitute into the Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee in accordance with Regulation 17 of the National Judicial Council Judicial Discipline Regulations, 2017 and report to Council on the 13th of February 2019”, even as it reaffirmed NJC’s confidence in Justice Umaru Abdullahi, as the acting chairman of the Council.