President Muhammadu Buhari has finally accepted the resignation of the suspended chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday night.
“President Buhari has accepted the voluntary retirement from service of Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria, effective from May 28, 2019,” the statement read.
“The president thanked Justice Onnoghen for his service to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and wished him the best of retirement life.”
In April, Onnoghen tendered his resignation a day after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended that he be compulsorily retired for misconduct.
The president also wrote the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Tanko Muhammad, on the appointment of additional five Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. ‘‘Pursuant to the provisions of Section 230(2) A&B of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended),
I am pleased to request that you initiate in earnest the process of appointing additional five Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to make the full complement of 21 Justices as provided by the aforementioned provisions of the Constitution.
‘‘This is in line with the government’s Agenda of repositioning the Judiciary in general and Supreme Court in particular for greater efficiency, with a view to reducing the backlogs of appeals pending at the Supreme Court,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Justice Tanko Muhammad, the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) in an Abuja division of the Federal High Court on Monday, June 3, challenged the suit seeking to declare him unfit for his office.
In his application filed before the court, Muhammad maintained that he was duly appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari after the suspension of the former CJN, Walter Onnoghen as a result of the indictment against the latter by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).