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Court fixes 12 July 2019 for judgment seaking to sack Acting CJN - Independent Television/Radio
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Court fixes 12 July 2019 for judgment seaking to sack Acting CJN

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, has fixed July Twelve to deliver judgment seeking to sack Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad.

An advocacy group, Incorporated Trustees of Malcolm Omirhobo Foundation, had approached the court, asking it to declare Justice Muhammad unfit to head the judiciary.

The plaintiff, in its suit urged the court to declare that Justice Muhammad, who is currently the most senior jurist at the Supreme Court, was not capable to replace the ousted former CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Specifically, the group prayed the court to declare that the Acting CJN, having made himself available as a tool used in the violation of the constitution, especially with regards to the removal of the former CJN, was, therefore, not a proper and fit person to be recommended for appointment to head the judiciary. The plaintiff maintained that the acting CJN conducted himself in a manner that reduced the confidence of the public in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.

However, the Acting CJN, NJC and AGF, adopted their final briefs of argument on Thursday this week even as they urged the court to dismiss the suit for want of merit.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, subsequently, adjourned the matter for judgment.

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