Senate confirms Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as CJN

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). He was confirmed on Wednesday after screening by Senators, to succeed Justice Walter Onnoghen, who resigned following some false asset declaration. The confirmation followed a two-hour question and answer session between the senators and Mohammed, who had been in acting capacity as CJN since January. President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan announced the confirmation after a voice vote at plenary on Wednesday. Mohammed who entered the National Assembly complex at exactly 10:10…

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NJC okays Justice Tanko Muhammad as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has on Wednesday at an emergency meeting recommended the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Tanko Muhammad to President Muhammadu Buhari to be appointed as the substantive CJN. The Council also recommended to Buhari names of judges to be appointed as Chief Judges and Grand Khadis for eight states, which included Lagos, Anambra, Ebonyi, Niger, Taraba, Kano, and Jigawa states. The NJC further hailed the President for his unequivocal position on the financial autonomy for the state’s Judiciary, and appeal to the various state executives…

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Buhari extends acting CJN’s appointment by 3 months

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the appointment of Ibrhaim Muhammad, acting chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), by three months. Voice of Liberty gathered that the NJC quietly conceded to Buhari’s request for the extension of the acting CJN’s tenure at its meeting held between Wednesday and Thursday. Muhammad’s first three-month acting tenure which started when he was sworn in on January 25 following the President’s suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the CJN expires on April 25 (Thursday). The NJC,…

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Assets declaration trial: CCT sacks Onnoghen as CJN

• Bars him from holding office for 10 years (By Ishaku Yohanna) The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has found Walter Onnoghen guilty of false declaration of assets in breach of the provisions of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for public officials, and ordered his removal as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). While barring Mr. Onnoghen from holding public office for ten years, he will in addition forfeit to the federal government various sums of money found in his five bank accounts with the Standard Chartered Bank which…

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Onnoghen’s trial: CCT fixes Thursday to deliver final judgment

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has fixed Thursday April 18 to deliver its final judgment in the charges of false and non-declaration of assets instituted against Justice Walter Onnoghen, suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), who reportedly resigned on April 4. The Umar Danladi led three-man bench gave the ruling on Monday after the prosecution led by Mr. Aliyu Umar (SAN), and defence led by led by Mr. Okon Efut (SAN), adopted their final written addresses. Earlier, in his address to the tribunal, Okon Efut, counsel to Onnoghen, said…

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My Asset Declaration Forms Were Tampered With, Says Onnoghen

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has alleged that the two asset declaration forms he submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) have been tampered with. Speaking through his counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, at his resumed trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja on Monday, the suspended CJN said the forms he submitted in 2014 and 2016 were mutilated and in loose form. The Federal Government had produced its first witness, Mr. James Opala, a Senior Investigation Officer of the CCB to testify…

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Rights Group Sues CJN over Ganduje’s $5m Alleged Scam, Calls for Probe

A rights group has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to order investigation into the $5m bribe allegations leveled against the All Progressives Congress (APC) governor. In an application filed at the Federal High Court, the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) is seeking an order of mandamus to compel the Chief Justice of Nigeria “for a thorough investigation into the bribe scandal which dominated the social media late last year prompting an in-house investigation by the Kano State House of Assembly the outcome of which observers said was…

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Breaking: Court Stops FG From Removing CJN Onnoghen

[Ishaku Yohanna] The Federal High Court Abuja, has restrained the Federal Government from forcefully removing the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen from office. Justice Edward Ekwo gave the order on Monday in Abuja while ruling on an ex parte motion brought by the Action Peoples Party. Defendants in the suit include President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN). Other defendants in the suit are Justice Onnoghen, Justice Ibrahim Tanko, the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Chairman, Code of…

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Report: FG Moves To Replace Onnoghen As CJN, NJC Chairman

[Ishaku Yohanna] In a fresh move, the Federal Government has filed a motion before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), asking for the removal of Justice Walter Onnoghen, as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN) and the chairman of the National Judicial Council. According to documents seen by Saturday Punch, the motion was filed on Thursday by Musa Ibrahim and Fatima Danjuma Ali on behalf of the Attorney-General of the Federation. The move, according to the government, is aimed at ensuring that Onnoghen is not a judge in his case and…

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EFCC Denies Raid On CJN Onnoghen’s Residence

[Ishaku Yohanna] The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has described the reports that its personnel had invaded the Abuja residence of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen as “untrue and evil.” The social media was awash with reports on Tuesday evening that Justice Onnoghen’s residence had been raided by the EFCC, with some reports even alleging that he had been arrested. Yinka Odumakin, the Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, had recorded a short video broadcast on social media Tuesday afternoon alleging a raid on the residence of Onnoghen,…

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Frank Urges Buhari to resign ‘if not aware’ of plot to arraign CJN Onnoghen

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately resign his position for claiming ignorance about the wicked plot to forcefully remove the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen through a kangaroo false asset declaration trial. Frank in a statement in Abuja, said that since Buhari has for long appeared unaware of his sacred duties and position as President, he should relinquish his seat so that Nigerians can look for a president that “will be aware…

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Legal Rumbles at CJN Sitting, CCT Adjourns till Jan 22

It was a novel sight at the The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Monday where a large number of lawyers were robed to witness the proceedings following the charges brought against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen. The CJN had been served with charges bordering on non-declaration of assets , however he had been absent at the tribunal due to what was described as improper service and lack of jurisdiction by the CCT. The proceedings were adjourned by the Danladi Umar-led three-man Code of Conduct Tribunal till January 22.…

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