Nigerian newspapers review for Monday, January 28, focuses on the lingering controversies that continue to trial the suspension of Walter Onnoghen from the office of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) over alleged non-declaration of assets before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
The Punch has reported that the suspended CJN, Walter Onnoghen, is to challenge his suspension by the federal government in court on Monday, January 28.
A senior lawyer who is a member of Onnoghen’s legal team, told the Punch that the legal action by the former CJN followed the unprecedented move by the president against the judiciary.
"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," he said.
“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.
In a related report, National Judicial Council (NJC) has scheduled an emergency meeting for Monday, January 28, over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.
The Guardian newspaper reported that that the meeting will be held in Abuja by 10am. Sources with information about the meeting said neither Onnoghen nor Ibrahim Mohammed, the acting CJN will be allowed to preside over the meeting.
Meanwhile, an economist, Chuma Nzerem, has said the political uncertainty in the country ahead of the forthcoming general elections may have serious consequences for the economy.
Nzerem noted that investors are usually uncomfortable about uncertainty, especially with political maneuverings, which could deter foreign investments.
On its front page, the Vanguard newspaper for Monday, January 28, reported that the National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has also summoned an emergency meeting over the federal government’s action against Onnoghen.
The newspaper stated that those summoned to attend the meeting holding at the national headquarters of the NBA are all its national officers, past presidents, past general secretaries, branch chairmen, branch secretaries, branch NEC representatives and chairmen and secretaries of sections.
The body of lawyers had earlier condemned the CJN’s suspension, describing it the action of the Buhari-led administration as illegal.
Meanwhile, Nation stated that emergency meeting summoned by the National Judicial Council (NJC) is to allow its members discuss developments in the judiciary.
The newspaper citing an unnamed source, noted that the meeting would allow members of the NJC to address the circumstances surrounding the removal of Onnoghen and the charges against the former CJN.
“I believe this meeting is meant for members to effectively look at the issues and recent developments in the Judiciary and for them to take a formal position,” the source said.
“Like the acting CJN said on Saturday, the Judiciary is truly in a trying time. And it is important that the NJC takes a formal position for posterity sake.
In a related report, This Day stated that APC and the PDP caucuses in the Senate will hold separate meetings to take a position on the suspension of former CJN Onnoghen.
The newspaper noted that the issue in the judiciary has also made the leadership of the Senate to reconvene the chamber of the Senate plenary on Tuesday, January 29, rather than the earlier adjourned date of Tuesday, February 19.
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