Onnoghen Drags Buhari To Court Over Suspension
If you think the uproar caused by the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari will die down soon, you are in for a surprise.
The embattled judge has announced his intention to challenge his suspension by the President in court and that will happen on January 28.
This is just as the National Judicial Council’s 88th meeting in Abuja has been delayed following fears of a possible clash between supporters of Onnoghen and the acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed.
A senior advocate, who is a member of Onnoghen’s legal team, said that it had become necessary to do so, as the suspension of a CJN by a President was unprecedented.
He said: “We will be going to court to challenge the suspension of the CJN.
"The President relied on a CCT order despite the fact that the Court of Appeal had restrained all parties from removing the chief justice.
“The CJN was not even served with the court processes before he was removed by the President. So, all these will be challenged in court.
"When the processes have been filed, the documents will be made public".
When asked why the CJN waited for three days before challenging his removal, the source said, “He was suspended late on Friday and you know courts do not sit on Saturday and Sunday.”
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