The National Judicial Council (NJC) has set up a five-member committee to investigate allegations against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen and the acting CJN, Tanko Mohammad.

The committee which was inaugurated today (Wednesday) will be headed by Hon. Mr. Justice S. A. Akintan, CON, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

According to the NJC, the committee will determine all the petitions and responses and report to the council for a final decision.

The NJC also said it received another petition against Tanko by the Action People’s Party (APP). Details of the petition are still unknown.

President Muhammadu Buhari in January suspended Onnoghen and replaced him with Tanko, in an acting capacity.

The president said he acted on the order of the Conduct Tribunal.

But critics said the president’s move was in violation of the Rule of Law and accused him of wanting to hamstrung the judiciary and to put it in a position where it can do the bidding of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in case the outcomes of the presidential elections are disputed.

According to the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), it was “an act of dictatorship.”

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