- The presidency says Muhammadu Buhari will determine the fate of embattled Walter Onnoghen when he returns from Jordan
- The presidency says there is an important decision Buhari will take when he returns
- Onnoghen, who is being tried at the CCT, is reported to have tendered a notice of retirement
President Muhammadu Buhari will decide the fate of Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), who reportedly tendered his resignation on Friday, April 5, following his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), the presidency has said.
The Nigerian Tribune reports that the presidency said decision would be taken on Onnoghen when Buhari returns from his official trip to Jordan.
The report quoted Garba Shehu, a media aide to the president as saying: “What I will say to you is that on the Onnoghen matter, there is an important decision for the president to take upon his return. These things are in motion, and only the president can decide one way or the other.”
However, the report quoted the lead counsel to Onnoghen, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, as saying the CJN only gave a notice of retirement.
“Why should he resign? He only gave a notice of retirement according to the dictates of the constitution of Nigeria and the due process of law.
“From January 15, he has been saying it that he would follow the due process of law, which empowers only the NJC to sanction him and he has been saying that he would abide by the decision of the council, the only body empowered by the constitution to sanction judicial officers.
“We believe in due process unlike the other party which went to a magistrate court to obtain an order.
“Yes, he gave notice of retirement after NJC came to the conclusion it arrived at on Thursday, in the fulfiment of his conviction and stance that the council is the only body, constitutionally-empowered to sanction him. That is the position of the law and he has abided by it.
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“Regarding the case at the tribunal, we are keeping an open mind and I can’t tell you exactly when his retirement notice would take effect,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Adegboyega Awomolo, who is the lawyer to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, reportedly explained that he resigned in the interest of the judiciary.
He said: “I have just spoken with him. He confirmed to me that he resigned yesterday.
“He said he resigned in the interest of the Judiciary.”
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