The National Judicial Council held an emergency meeting on Tuesday and considered four (4) petitions filed at its secretariat against embattled Justice Walter Onnoghen and Justice Tanko Mohammad, the acting CJN.
The petitions are petition against Hon. Mr. Justice Walter Onnoghen by Zikhrillahi Ibrahim of Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civil Education;
Petition against Hon. Mr. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad by Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative;
Petition against Hon. Mr. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad by Olisa Agbakoba and petition against Hon. Danladi Yakubu Umar, Chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal by Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative.
The council referred the petition against Hon. Danladi Yakubu Umar to the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) which is the appropriate constitutional body empowered to deal with it.
In line with its procedure, council also forwarded the petitions against Hon. Justices Onnoghen and Tanko Muhammad to them for their responses.
In view of the gravity of the matters involved, the council abridged the usual response period from fourteen (14) to seven (7) working days for the Hon. Justices to respond.
Hon. Mr. Justice Onnoghen, and Hon. Mr. Justice Muhammad, recused themselves from the meeting.
Consequently, the cuncil elected Hon. Mr. Justice Umaru Abdullahi, former president of the court of Appeal as iterim chairman to preside over the meeting.
Council will reconvene on the 11th February, 2019.