The National Judicial Council (NJC) has taken a stance on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, and the appointment of Tanko Muhammad in acting capacity.

The NJC on Tuesday gave the suspended CJN and the acing CJN seven days to respond to petitions written against them.

The body of Nigerian judges gave the ultimatum during an emergency meeting in response to the suspension of Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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The emergency meeting was presided over by a former president of the Court of Appeal Justice Umar Abdullahi.

The Council, based on the Nigerian Constitution, is responsible for the Appointment, Promotion and Discipline of Judicial Officers.

And it was learned that the body of judges considered four petitions including one against the Chairman of the Code Of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar.

President Buhari had on Friday suspended Onnoghen based on allegation that he violated the code of conduct for public officers by not declaring his assets as required by law.

The federal government is prosecuting Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), which recommended the suspension of the senior judicial officer.

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