The National Judicial Council (NJC) has issued the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, another query over undeclared money.
This is coming on the day when Justice Onnoghen’s case will be heard at the Court of Appeal, Abuja over his suspension and trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Also, the Court of Conduct Tribunal, which threatened to issue a bench warrant against Justice Onnoghen for failing to appear in court on February 4, sit will sit on the case on Wednesday.
A panel of justices of the Court of Appeal presided by Justice Abdul Aboki which refused Onnoghen’s application challenging the six-count charges of non-declaration of asset at the CCB, fixed the three outstanding appeals challenging the jurisdiction of the CCT before it to for today.
This is as the panel of the National Judicial Council (NJC) set up to consider the responses of the embattled CJN and the acting CJN is expected to report back to the council on Wednesday.
The NJC reconvened in an emergency yesterday to consider the three petitions against Onnoghen and Tanko Mohammed who succeeded him in acting capacity.
The NJC at its sitting set up a Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee under its Regulation 17 to consider the responses and report back to the council. This was based on a petition to the council by the EFCC.
A statement by the Director of Information of the NJC, Soji Oye, also stated that the NJC received a new petition written by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Justice Onnoghen.
The EFCC had He added that the petition has been forwarded “to him for his response within seven (7) working days.”