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NJC reacts over CJN Onnoghen’s voluntary retirement, commends Buhari

Eromosele Ebhomele

Jun. 10, 2019

The National Judicial Council (NJC) on Monday, June 10, confirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s acceptance of the voluntary retirement of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The statement said: “Council held an emergency meeting today to take formal note of the acceptance of the voluntary retirement of Hon Mr Justice Walter Onnoghen, GCON, as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.
“The president’s acceptance of the retirement is in line with council’s recommendation to the President on 3rd April, 2019."
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the statement added that the council, at the end of its deliberations, thanked President Buhari for the acceptance which, which it said was in the best interest of Nigeria.
President Buhari had suspended Onnoghen on allegation of complexities surrounding his false and non- asset declarations while the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) convicted him of the offences.
Subsequently, Justice Tanko Muhammad was appointed as Acting CJN to fill in the gap created.
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