NJC To Further Investigate Petitions Against Onnoghen, Muhammad

NJC Sets Up Panel To Probe Onnoghen, Acting CJN
Justice Walter Onnoghen Justice Tanko Mohammed


The National Judicial Council has constituted a five-man investigative committee to further investigate petitions against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, and the Acting CJN, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad.

The NJC has also forwarded a fresh petition written against the Acting CJN by the Action People’s Party (APP) for his response within seven working days.

In a statement by its Director of Information, Soji Oye, the NJC said the decisions followed a continuation of its emergency meeting, during which the council accepted the result of the preliminary assessment of the petitions against Justices Onnoghen and Muhammad.

The investigative committee initially set up to assess the first petitions had submitted that the allegations were worthy of further investigation and should not be terminated under Rule 17 of the Judicial Discipline Regulations of the Council.

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According to the statement by the NJC, “The council constituted a five-member Investigation Committee pursuant to Rule 20 (1) of the Judicial Discipline Regulations under the Chairmanship of Hon. Mr Justice S. A. Akintan, CON, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria”.

It added that the Council directed a five-man Committee to work expeditiously, determine all the petitions and responses and report to Council for a final decision.

Garba Invites Ihenacho, Muhammed, 33 Others To FIFA U-20 World Cup Camp

02071113DI_NIG_GARBANigeria’s U-20 men’s football team’s coach, Manu Garba, has released a list of 35 players from which a final 21 would be drawn to represent Nigeria at this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

As expected, the list includes the new champions of Africa, players who impressed to win a seventh African Youth Championship in Senegal last month.

A half-dozen of the players feature for Nigeria Premier League clubs – the rest are either with youth teams of top clubs in Europe or with lower league or academy outfits.

Highly rated defender and Captain Musa Muhammed tops the list that has four goalkeepers, 10 defenders, 10 midfielders and 11 strikers.

In the team are also goalkeeper Joshua Enaholo, defenders Zaharaddeen Bello, Mustapha Abdullahi and Prince Omego, midfielders Akinjide Idowu, Abdullahi Alfa, Bernard Bulbwa and Ifeanyi Mathew, and forwards Taiwo Awoniyi, Chidera Ezeh and Alhassan Abdullahi.

Top performers in Nigeria’s glorious run at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in United Arab Emirates in 2013, Kelechi Iheanacho, Success Isaac, Wilfred Ndidi, Chidiebere Nwakali and Musa Yahaya, who did not feature in Senegal. Super Eagles’ new boys Kingsley Sokari and Moses Simon also made the list.

All 35 players are expected to report to camp in Abuja on Sunday, April 12 for the first phase of the preparations.

Full List

Goalkeepers: Adamu Abubakar (Flash FC); Dele Alampasu (Football College Academy); Joshua Enaholo (MFM FC); Olorunleke Ojo (Giwa FC)

Defenders: Musa Muhammed (FC Heart Academy); Saheed Abdul-Ganiyu (Ace Academy); Adebayo Ademilua (Nath Boys); Monsuru Bashiru (MFM FC); Zaharaddeen Bello (Dabo Babes Academy); Abdullahi Mustapaha (Spotlight FC); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium); Samuel Okon (Greater Tomorrow Academy); Prince Omego (Apapa Golden Stars); Rowland Silas (Airforce FC)

Midfielders: Abdullahi Alfa (Football College Academy); Bernard Bulbwa (Esperance FC, Tunisia); Akinjide Idowu (Nigeria Young Academy); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Water FC); Wasiu Jimoh (Kwara Academy); Ifeanyi Mathew (El-Kanemi Warriors); Chidebere Nwakali (Manchester City, England); Obinna Nwobodo (Enugu Rangers); Kingsley Sokari (Enyimba FC); Musa Yahaya (Tottenham Hotspurs, England)

Forwards: Alhassan Abdullahi (FC Heart); Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy); Chidera Ezeh (FC Porto, Portugal); Okechukwu Gabriel (Water FC); Saviour Godwin (FC Sports); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Success Isaac (Granada FC, Spain); Billy Michael (El-Cruzeiro FC); Christian Pyagbara (Dolphins FC); Usman Sani Sale (Wikki Tourists); Moses Simon (Kaa Gent, Belgium)

Anti-Islam film:Muslims protest in Sydney

In Sydney, Australia today, riot police used pepper spray in clashes against about 200 protesters outside the U.S. Consulate.

Hundreds took part in an anti-Islam film protest in Sydney, surprising shoppers and catching police off guard.

The protest quickly amassed into a group of 500 people carrying signs and chanting slogans.

“We are defending our Prophet Mohammed, we are defending His honor,” said one unidentified protester.

Several streets were closed as the protesters threw bottles and trash at police, who tried to contain the demonstration using police dogs and capsicum spray.

More than a dozen ambulances attended the protest and by late afternoon four people had been taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, a New South Wales Ambulance Service spokeswoman said.

Several people had also been treated at the scene for the effects of capsicum spray, the spokeswoman added.

A number of participants were detained, and police said they would continue to monitor the situation in Hyde Park, where the protesters gathered.

A local Muslim leader addressed the protesters in Sydney’s Hyde Park and called for calm.

The Sydney protest follows several days of anti-U.S. anger around the world over the amateurish film “Innocence of Muslims.” The video, considered blasphemous against Muhammad, is thought to have triggered a wave of protests, and is believed linked to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans on September 11.

Muslims angry over the film produced in the U.S. took the streets yesterday in more than 20 countries from the Mideast to Southeast Asia.