Resign and consider plea bargain - Lawyers advise embattled CJN

Resign and consider plea bargain - Lawyers advise embattled CJN

- The embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria has been advised to resign his position for the interest of Nigeria

- Justice Walter Onnoghen was also advised to consider a plea bargain over the allegation of false declaration of asset hanging on his neck

- The National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADL) said although the CJN remains innocent until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction, it would be deserving for his to resign

Some lawyers in Nigeria have called on the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, to resign and consider a plea bargain over the allegation of false declaration of asset hanging on his neck.

The lawyers under the aegis of National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADL) said such action from the CJN would be in the interest of the country.

The NADL in a statement signed by its chairman, board of governors, Jiti Ogunye, said although the CJN remains innocent until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction, it would be deserving for his to resign.

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Ogunye said: "In the prevailing situation, the NADL calls on CJN Onnoghen to seriously consider a resignation from office in the interest of the Nigerian judiciary."

“While doing so, he may wish to explore the plea bargaining provisions under Section 270 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act and other similar provisions that may enable him wrap up his planned prosecution and earn himself a dignified and orderly exit from his current travails.

“In making this suggestion, NADL believes still in the presumed innocence of the suspended CJN Onnoghen under the law and the Constitution. The NADL does not deem or adjudge him guilty," Ogunye added.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some Nigerians took to the street of London over the call for the reinstatement of Justice Onnoghen.

These Nigerians in their scores said they welcomed the removal of the judicial chief as it is a clear deviation from the several years of impunity.

The protesters also called for the assistance by the government of the United Kingdom and the prime minister to join President Muhammadu Buhari in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

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