The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has decided to shut down the courts nationwide for an initial two days over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.

The association took the decision at its emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Monday.

The boycott of the courts starts on Tuesday and continues on Wednesday.

The leadership of the union said it decided to embark on the warning boycott to press home the reversal of the President Muhammadu Buhari's decision to appoint an Acting CJN Tanko Mohammed last Friday.

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Onnoghen was suspended based on a controversial order by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Onnoghen is facing trial on alleged false asset charges at the CCT.

The President implemented the CCT order despite the Court of Appeal ordering the tribunal to halt its trial of the chief justice.

Onnoghen’s suspension has attracted mixed reactions from Nigerians, with the majority regarding the move as an illegal action and a coup against the judiciary by the executive.

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