Human rights activist and former President of Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) is very angry with the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed and has explained why he wrote a petition against him.
Speaking in a interview with VANGUARD, the maritime lawyer said;
“My petition is very simple, it says Justice Tanko Mohammed should not have presented himself to President Buhari to be sworn in as Acting CJN because there’s a rule in NJC; I was in NJC for five years, anything that is against the Constitution in relation to appointments must the with consent of judges, so says the law. At all times, the NJC recommends the appointment of the CJN and all other judges in Nigeria.”
“Theodore Orji as governor was quarrelling with the Chief Justice and he removed his CJ and appointed an Acting CJ. Tanko Mohammed was in the panel that removed the Acting Abia State Chief Judge on the grounds of gross misconduct. He knows. How would he then go to President Buhari who can’t appoint him? Of course, did the NJC recommend you? No.”
“So my petition to the NJC is to pay back Tanko on what he did to then-Acting Abia Chief Judge. That is my petition. I don’t see how the NJC would be far from Tanko Mohammed’s case when he dealt with then-Acting Abia State Chief Judge. There is no other way than for him to be removed.”