- SERAP has called for an honourable resignation of the chief justice of Nigeria
- The organisation said anyone who has committed an offence should be be made answerable to the law without discrimination
According to the executive director of SERAP, there should be supremacy of the law where no one should be above the law and everyone should be below the law
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the Justice Walter Onnoghen to resign his position as the chief justice of Nigeria.
SERAP said Onnoghen resignation should come as a matter of honour from him.
Speaking in an interview with Daily Trust on Monday, January 28, the executive director of SERAP, Adetokunboh Mumuni, said he does not believe in reading motive into anything legal.
Mumuni said anyone who has committed an offence should be be made answerable to the law without discrimination.
He also noted that there should be supremacy of the law where no one should be above the law and everyone should be below the law.
Mumuni asked: "If the CJN has admitted that he made a mistake in his asset declaration form to the Code of Conduct Bureau, will that mistake cure what has happened?"
"A mistake is not a defence to not filling CCB Asset Declaration forms. I don’t thing mistake is a defence. If he made a mistake and clear his conscience so as to clear the mess which we have at hand.
It is a matter of honour and the appropriate thing for him to do is to resign, so as to avoid the looming mess, in other that the nation can have peace. It is important that in all we do, we think of the adverse effect.
The CJN should appear before the CCT with his lawyers and I believe that his lawyers know what to do. It is not appropriate not to appear because if he does not appear, every other person invited before the CCT can also do the same. No matter how high you are, you are not above the law," Mumuni said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some youths from Ijaw have condemned the call for the reinstatement of the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The youth under the aegis of United Niger Delta Youth Council (UNDYC) declared a persona non-grata on the embattled CJN.
The president of the group, Jackson Bob-Manuel, said the suspension of Justice Onnoghen, as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, by President Muhammadu Buhari, as apt, timely and a welcome development.
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