The National Judicial Council met to review the pre-assessment report on the petitions written against suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen and the acting CJN, Tanko Muhammad.

The NJC’s Director, Information, Soji Oye, said in a statement issued at the end of the “continued emergency meeting” on Wednesday, that the council constituted a five-man panel to investigate the allegations leveled against Onnoghen and Muhammad.

One of the petitions was reportedly authored by a civil society group, the Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative, and its Executive Director,  Dennis Aghanya.

The allegations in the petition sent to the NJC were said to be replica of the petition sent to the Code of Conduct Bureau which informed the six counts filed before the CCT accusing the suspended CJN of failure to declare some bank accounts with huge funds in foreign currencies as part of his assets.

The other petition sent to the NJC was said to be by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission accusing Onnoghen of having some suspicious huge funds in his bank accounts.

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The petition sent to the NJC against Muhammad was said to have been authored by a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), who requested that he be sanctioned for submitting himself to President Muhammadu Buhari to be sworn in as the acting CJN without any recommendation by the NJC.

The NJC said in its statement on Wednesday that a fresh petition was sent against Muhammad by the Action People’s Party.

It said Muhammad was given “abridged seven days” to respond to the APP’s petition.

The NJC’s statement said the council took the decision to set up a five-man committee to investigate both Onnoghen and Muhammad after accepting “the result of the preliminary assessment of the petitions” written against the duo.

It said the council considered the “petitions to be worthy of further investigation.”

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