- After a 2-day protest by members of the Nigerian Bar Association over the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen, activities at the Osun State High Court have returned to normal
- As at 9am on Thursday, January 31, magistrate courts had also commenced sitting
- A legal practitioner, Adebola Dare, stated that the judiciary must be independent, without any interference from any arm of government
Activities at the Osun State High Court on Thursday, January 31, returned to normal position after a two day protest by members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Osun chapter, against the suspension of the chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that judiciary workers and other prison officials with prosecutors were seen among others, entering the court premises as at 8:30am with gates widely opened.
Legit.ng gathers that magistrate courts have also commenced sitting as at 9am with judges of the state high court seen going to their respective court rooms for the commencement of sitting.
Lawyers and their clients were also seen entering court rooms to attend to their respective cases, while court clerks remained seated at their positions.
A legal practitioner, Adebola Dare, expressed happiness for the resumption but called on the federal government and the Judiciary to handle the Onnoghen asset declaration issue with wisdom.
Dare noted that the judiciary must be independent, without any interference from any arm of government, except otherwise where the executive needs to play its part.
He, therefore, urged parties in the suit against the CJN to ensure that due process is followed in order not to heat up the polity which has already generated global concern.
Onnoghen’s asset declaration issues and the attendant legal implication resulted in the NBA at national level going on a 2-day protest against his suspension by the president, Muhammadu Buhari.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some suspected thugs beat up the chairman of the Port Harcourt chapter of the NBA, Silvester Adaka, and other lawyers who had gone to stage a protest to disrupt court proceedings.
Adaka and his colleagues had reportedly planned to disrupt the court proceedings in a bid to enforce the NBA’s court boycott directive over the controversial suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Angry litigants also chased the protesting NBA team out of the courtroom, causing pandemonium and heightening fear among the judges and other litigants.
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