With the report of the resignation of former Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen going viral, the Presidency is yet to confirm the receipt of the letter from the suspended Chief Justice of the Federation.
The News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) reports that the affected Justices arrived at the presidential villa few minutes after President Muhammadu Buhari left Abuja for Jordan to participate in the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Thursday.
According to a source close to the presidency, President Buhari had, before his departure, received the National Judicial Council’s recommendations on the petitions written against Onnoghen and the acting CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad.
NAN reliably gathered that the report was submitted to the president by his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, who was accompanied by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, at about 2:20 p.m on the day.
The Director, Information, NJC, Soji Oye, had on Wednesday in a statement, confirmed that the council had sent its report to President Buhari after the conclusion of its investigation into the petitions against Onnoghen and the acting CJN.
A presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina is not in the country at the moment as he is currently outside the country on official and private engagements with president Buhari in Jordan, while Mallam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity is in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage.
Onnoghen, who was the head of the Supreme Court of Nigeria was sworn-in by the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, after he was confirmed by the Senate on March 1, 2017.
Onnoghen travail started when he began trial for false assets declaration after a petition was filed by the civil rights group at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), alleging that he owned sundry accounts.
It alleged the accounts were primarily funded through cash deposits made by himself up to as recently as August 10, 2016, which appeared to have been run in a manner inconsistent with financial transparency and the code of conduct for public officials.