Federal government demands removal of Walter Onnoghen from office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria

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The federal government has demanded the removal from office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, in the false asset charges it filed at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

According to the second request, made through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, the government wants Onnoghen to step aside for his immediate junior in the bench, Ibrahim Mohammed.

Confirming the report, CCT media and publicity head, Ibrahim Alhassan, said the request for Onnoghen to vacate his office was made the same day the false asset charge was brought against him.

According to the request, the AGF asked Onnoghen to allow another judge head the NJC, “so that he would not be a judge in his own case.

It is unclear whether the federal government also petitioned the National Judicial Council about the allegations concerning Onnoghen.

Onnoghen was sworn in as CJN in March 2017, five months after he was nominated to replace the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmoud Mohammed.

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