Buhari, NJC, AGF dragged to court over appointment of Tanko as CJN

A human rights lawyer, Malcolm Omirhobo has filed a suit before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, challenging the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) that the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad should be appointed as CJN.

The NJC had recommended Tanko’s appointment after advising the suspended CJN, Walter Onnoghen to retire from office.

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Omirhobo who is challenging the suspension of the Onnoghen,
is also asking the court to determine the grounds upon which the office of the CJN can be declared vacant.

Also, he is asking the court to determine if it is lawful,
legal, constitutional and democratic for the president Muhammadu Buhari to declare the office of the CJN vacant and consequently appoint and swear in Tanko as the Acting CJN without recourse and/or the inputs of the NJC and the Senate.

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