The main headlines of the mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, January 31, are focused on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Nkanu Onnoghen, and the Appeal Court's refusal to stop his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Nigerian Newspaper, This Day, reports that the Court of Appeal on Wednesday dampened the hope of suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen for reprieve, refusing to stay proceedings at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), where the CJN is scheduled for arraignment for alleged asset declaration offences.
Instead, the appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by Onnoghen and asked him to return to his scheduled arraignment at the CCT.
The Nation, another Nigerian newspaper, reports that a political solution to the Chief Justice of Nigeria Onnoghen crisis of integrity rocking the Judiciary is in the works.
A 12-man Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) team has met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on how to resolve the row over Justice Onnoghen’s suspension.
The session at the Presidential Villa was to seek a “soft landing” for the CJN, who is expected to resign in what a source described as a “win-win” situation.
The Punch reports that the National Christian Elders Forum on Wednesday protested against the suspension of Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as an Islamic agenda.
The organisation called on Nigerians to mobilise themselves to resist the Islamists in the country.
The NCEF said the president’s decision to suspend Onnoghen was a “judicial coup.”
The Guardian reports that former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday doubted the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari and described the anti-graft war of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as a charade.
Obasanjo, who spoke at the 2019 quarterly business lecture organised by the Island Club of Lagos, expressed confidence that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar would win the next presidential election scheduled to hold on February 16.
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Vanguard reports that Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday boasted that he was not corrupt because in all the positions he has held in the country, he has never been convicted for corruption.
This is as the national chairman of the APC Comrade Adams Oshiomhole accused the PDP presidential candidate of working seriously for the interest of the western world.
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