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NJC MEETS TODAY OVER CJN CONTROVERSY

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In the heat of controversy over the suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, reports say that the National Judicial Council (NJC) will hold an emergency meeting on Monday on the issue.

Onnoghen was reported to have called off the meeting which was to hold last week.

The meeting has again been rescheduled to hold in Abuja by 10:00 a.m.

The NJC is to deliberate on the case against Onnoghen as well as on his suspension.

The Guardian, quoting sources said neither Onnoghen nor the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Mohammed, will be allowed to preside over the meeting.

Also, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has scheduled an emergency meeting for today.

The president of the association, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN), who is also facing corruption trial, announced the meeting on Friday.

On the recommendation of Code of Conduct Tribunal, President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Onnoghen.

Onnoghen had been invited by the tribunal for trial over alleged non-declaration of some of his bank accounts.

Although he failed to appear before the tribunal, he had earlier accepted that he forgot to declare the money.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has given the National Judicial Council (NJC) five days ultimatum to set up a committee to investigate the allegations of breach of constitutional asset declaration requirements against suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

The civil society organisation, which made this demand in an open petition dated January 26 2019 and signed by SERAP senior legal adviser Bamisope Adeyanju made available to journalists on Sunday also called on Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed to recuse himself from the process, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.”

SERAP also urged the NJC to: “ask Justice Onnoghen to step aside from his role as Chief Justice of Nigeria pending the outcome of investigation into the allegations against him.

The organisation also demanded that after the investigation and if the allegations against Justice Onnoghen are established, the NJC should refer the case to appropriate anti-corruption bodies for prosecution.

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