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The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN),Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad was Wednesday was given seven days by the National Judicial Council (NJC) to respond to a fresh petition written against him by the Action People’s Party (APP).

Two days after the dismissal of suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN),Justice Walter Onggengen received a seven-day ultimatum from the board in response to a new motion from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Last Monday, both justice were to respond to a previous petition filed against them.

In the framework of the resolution adopted yesterday at the meeting, the NJC convened a committee of five people to consider other charges against Justice Onnogen and Justice Mohammed.

The committee is headed by a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice S. A. Akintan.

According to a statement by NJC’s spokesman Soji Oye, the membership of the new committee was drawn from the NJC.

The statement reads: “In continuation of its emergency meeting, the NJC accepted the result of the preliminary assessment of the petitions against Hon. Mr. Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen, GCON and Hon. Mr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR that the petitions were worthy of further investigation and should not be terminated under Rule 17 of the Judicial Discipline Regulations of the Council.

“Consequently, the council constituted a five-member Investigation Committee pursuant to Rule 20 (1) of the Judicial Discipline Regulations under the Chairmanship of Hon. Mr. Justice S. A. Akintan, CON, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

“A new petition against Hon. Mr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, by the Action People’s Party (APP) was referred to the Hon. Mr. Justice for his comments within an abridged seven days.

“Council directed the Investigation Committee to work immediately, determine all the petitions and responses and report to Council for a final decision.”

Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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