Court ruling supports Buhari's decision to suspend CJN - Group slams NBA chairman

Court ruling supports Buhari's decision to suspend CJN - Group slams NBA chairman

- Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has said the ruling by the Court of Appeal on Walter Onnoghen's case is a vindication of Buhari

- BMO said the decision by the court shows that CCT has the jurisdiction to preside over the CJN's case

- The organisation also faulted the NBA's decision to boycott courts on the basis of the suspension

A pro-President Muhammadu Buhari group, Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), has said the ruling of the Court of Appeal that directed that the suspended Chief of Justice (CJN) Walter Onnoghen must face trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) absorbs Buhari of any blame for his decision.

The group in a statement through its chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and the secretary, Cassidy Madueke, said that the ruling of the court shows that Onnoghen need to face trial and that the tribunal does not lack the jurisdiction to preside over the case, Vanguard reports.

BMO also said the court’s decision further portrays that the call by Paul Usoro (SAN), the chairman of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) asking lawyers to boycott the courts is a reflection of the ignorance of the SAN in the understanding of how the rule of law and jurisdiction work.

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The group said: “The call by Paul Usoro (SAN), chairman of the NBA that the courts be boycotted showed that the man who heads the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) lacks an understanding of basic principles of the rule of law and does not appreciate the issue of jurisdiction of courts to matters.

“We also commend the various NBA branches that did not heed the senseless call for a boycott, but went ahead to attend court sessions and honour their clients and the temple of justice.

“This also shows that Paul Usoro has lost his credibility in the NBA due to his proclivity to defend corruption and stand for what is wrong – a characteristic that should not be synonymous with the Nigerian Bar Association.”

The pro-Buhari group also used the opportunity to ask the NBA chairman to deal with the corruption charges he is facing with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as a person with corruption allegation is unfit to sit over cases.

The BMO also said Usoro is using his position as the chairman of the NBA to fight anti-graft agencies that are concerned with dealing with corruption, adding that the leader of the NBA does not have a moral standard.

It said: “Paul Usoro, a man facing serious allegations of corruption in the court is now using the Nigerian Bar Association to fight the institutions constitutionally mandated to fight corruption, including the courts.

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"His kangaroo instruction to legal practitioners to boycott the courts was not just embarrassing and unfortunate; it was a mockery and an insult to the legal profession. Asides the fact that lawyers owe it as a duty to represent their clients in courts, they are not meant to insult their practice and the temples of justice by boycotting the courts.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, January 30, dismissed the motion filed by the former CJN, to stop the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) from trying him.

The reason for the court's rejection of the former CJN's plea was that his request lacked legal backing that should persuade it to honour his prayer.

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