The National Judicial Council (NJC) has confirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s acceptance of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen’s voluntary retirement.
NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, made this known in a statement on Monday.
According to the statement, the council held an Emergency Meeting on Monday to take formal note of the acceptance of Onnoghen’s voluntary retirement.
“The President’s acceptance of the retirement is in line with Council’s recommendation to the President on 3rd April, 2019.
“Council at the end of its deliberations, thanked the President for the acceptance which was in the best interest of Nigeria,’’ Oye said.
Buhari had suspended Onnoghen on allegation of false and non-asset declaration after which the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) convicted him of the offences.
NJC commended the President for accepting Onnoghen’s exit from the Bench.