- A famous lawyer in Nigeria, Ben Nwabueze, has called for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, AGF Abubakar Malami, and Danladi Umar of the CCT
- Nwabueze said that this is because the trio handled the case of Justice Walter Onnoghen poorly
- The renowned lawyer said that the widespread call for Onnoghen's resignation will not end Nigeria's problems
Ben Nwabueze, a renowned legal practitioner in Nigeria, on Thursday, January 31, said that going by the alleged biased handling of the Justice Walter Onnoghen saga by the federal government, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, and the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, they should all resign.
Nwabueze said that the call for Onnoghen’s resignation is not the solution to Nigeria's age-long problems; he expressed shock that Umar is still the head of the CCT, alleging that he is being retained there in order to rig the presidential poll, The Guardian reports.
The elder state man quoted the president's statement on Onnoghen's suspension saying: “A short while ago, I was served with an Order of the CCT issued on Wednesday January 23, 2019, directing the suspension of the CJN, Justice Walter Nkanu Samuel Onnoghen from office pending final determination of the cases against him at the CCT."
Nwabueze wondered if the CCT has the constitutional backing to ask President Buhari to suspend the CJN.
He said that the “administration’s avowed respect for the Rule of Law” and for obedience of court orders is much like an intentional violated of due process, using as examples the cases of Colonel Sambo Dasuki’s prolonged detention even after a court of law ordered his release on bail, and Ibraheem El-Zakzaky the Shiite leader.
Meanwhile, the CCT has fixed February 4, for resumption of Onnoghen’s trial on the six-count charge of alleged non-asset declaration.A statement yesterday by the CCT Head, Press & Public Relations, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, said: “The decision was reached yesterday sequel to a correspondent from Code of Conduct Bureau, applying for the resumption of trial of the case.
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The famous lawyer said: “In conclusion, the CCT acted ultra vires the Constitution in making the order directing the President to suspend the CJN from office. The suspension is unconstitutional, null and void.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Friday, January 25, decried the suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, and referred to it as a coup against the judiciary.
The NBA, through its president, Paul Usoro, in a statement made available to Legit.ng, equated the move by the federal government to the suspension of the nation's constitution, adding that the appointment of the new acting CJN, Ibrahim Tanko cannot be upheld.
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