- Justice Walter Onnoghen will challenge his suspension by as CJN by President Muhammadu Buhari in court on Monday, January 28
- A SAN representing the embattled CJN said the move had become necessary as the suspension of a CJN by a president was unprecedented
- The SAN also said Onnoghen had waited for three days before challenging his removal because he had been suspended late on Friday and courts don't sit on weekends
The embattled chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, will challenge his suspension by President Muhammadu Buhari in court on Monday, January 28.
The disclosure was made by a senior advocate who is part of Onnoghen's legal team, in a chat with Punch.
Legit.ng gathers that the SAN said the move had become necessary as the suspension of a CJN by a president was unprecedented.
He reportedly stated: “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."
The source also spoke on the reason why Onnoghen had waited for three days before challenging his removal, saying: “He was suspended late on Friday and you know courts do not sit on Saturday and Sunday.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the National Judicial Council (NJC) allegedly summoned an emergency meeting over the federal government’s suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen over alleged non-declaration of assets before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
A member of the NJC, on Sunday, January 27, reportedly stated that the meeting was called by some NJC members in line with its rules and will be held in Abuja by 10am on Monday, January 28.
The source said the recently suspended Onnoghen would neither attend the meeting nor will Ibrahim Muhammad who is now the acting CJN.
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