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NJC Reacts As Buhari Accepts Onnoghen’s Retirement


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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for accepting the voluntary retirement of former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen.

The NJC expressed their gratitude in a statement by its Director, Information, Soji Oye.

Oye disclosed that the council commended Buhari at an emergency meeting held on Monday.

The statement read, “The National Judicial Council held an emergency meeting today to take formal note of the acceptance of the voluntary retirement of Hon. Mr Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen, GCON, as Chief Justice of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.

“The President’s acceptance of the retirement is in line with the Council’s recommendation to the President on 3rd April 2019.

“Council at the end of its deliberations thanked the President for the acceptance which was in the best interest of Nigeria.”

Naija News had earlier reported that President Buhari has accepted the voluntary retirement of Onnoghen from service.

This was made known in a statement released to newsmen on Sunday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

The statement read, “President Buhari has accepted the voluntary retirement from service of Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria, effective from May 28, 2019.

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“The President thanked Justice Onnoghen for his service to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and wished him the best of retirement life.”