Nigerians Talk About NJC’s Move On Onnoghen, Tanko Mohammed
The reaction came as the NJC, after its meeting yesterday, gave Onnoghen and Acting CJN, Mohammed, seven working days to respond to petitions filed against them.
While Onnoghen has been asked to explain why he did not declare his asset, the acting CJN has been asked to explain why he accepted the acting appointment without proper permission from the NJC, Naija News reports.
Former Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Olorunnimbe Mamora said: “This is trying moment for the NJC.
He said the Council has a moral and legal burden. How they manage this problem of Justice Onnoghen would either make or mar their credibility. If they mishandle it, it is not only the image of NJC that would be at stake but the entire judiciary.
“The eyes of the entire world are on them. My position is wait and see because I don’t know what informed the NJC to have arrived at those decisions.”
Activist and lawyer, Monday Ubani on his part expressed confidence in the NJC’s potency to resolve all the problems pertaining to Justice Onnoghen’s suspension.
His words: “NJC will solve the problems the judiciary had encountered in Onnoghen’s matter in a manner that will be satisfactory to all parties involved.
“I am happy with the development, NJC and the judiciary will work together to strengthen our judicial system.”
The former Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) vice chairman praised the Federal Government for allowing due process to take place.
The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Joe Igbokwe, however, warned the NJC against cover.
He said: “I can’t understand why the NJC had to issue query to the acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed.
“The NJC is trying to work on our psychology; they want to give Onnogeh soft landing; they are trying to cover up something; why issue query on Justice Muhammad. All the tactics will not work . Let’s wait and see.”
Naija News reports President Muhammadu Buhari, last week, suspended Walter Onnoghen as CJN and appointed Tanko Mohammed in acting capacity.
Onnoghen is standing trial before the CCT for false asset declaration.