NJC ‎Continues Meeting, to Arrive at Decision on Judges' Arrest, CJN Successor

October 12, 2016, 1:04 am

The National Judicial Council will this morning (Wednesday) continue its emergency meeting on Friday's raids and arrest of judges by operatives of the Department of State Security.

The emergency meeting which began on Wednesday and will continue this morning (Thursday) will also deliberate on Justice Walter Onnoghen appointment as‎ the next Chief Justice of Nigeria.

As the nation awaits the decision of the NJC, informed sources said the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Mahmud Mohammed, was yet to make a formal protest in writing to President Muhammadu Buhari on the arrest of his colleagues.
However, this claim can not be confirmed as the office of the CJN declined comment.

"We will make a definite statement on these issues" the source said.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed had on Monday appealed for calm over last Friday's unprecedented arrest of two of his colleagues and other judges of lower cadre.

His Lordship, who broke his silence on this issue during the valedictory session held in honour of a retired Supre‎me Court justice, Justice Suleiman Galadima, said he was saddened by the event.

He said: "My lords, invited guests, ladies and gentlemen, not to detract from this occasion, it is indeed very saddened and deeply regrettable, the distressing and unfortunate incident which occured on Friday 7 October and Sunday 8 October 2016.

"However, I must all Nigerians to remain calm and prayerful, as an emergency meeting of the National Judicial Council will take place tomorrow ‎to comprehensively look into the matter.

"I must express my sincere appreciation to the executive of the Nigerian Bar Association ably led by the president, Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN, and indeed all members of the legal professions, for their ‎prompt action and continued support."

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