Twenty-five lawyers have approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, asking it to terminate further hearing on a suit challenging what they termed as illegal suspension of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The plaintiffs, led by human rights activist, Johnmary Jideobi, said they decided to discontinue the suit after they got information that Justice Onnoghen had succumbed to pressure and voluntarily tendered a resignation letter to Buhari.
They told the court that pursuing the legal action to its logical conclusion would amount to “crying more than the bereaved,” notwithstanding the fact that the matter was earlier fixed to be heard on Thursday, May 23.
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Onnoghen had resigned a day after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended that he be compulsorily retired for misconduct.
The embattled CJN tendered his resignation letter to Buhari on Thursday, April 4 as confirmed by a senior lawyer in his defence team.
Legit.ng notes that by virtue of section 306 of the 1999 constitution, Onnoghen's resignation took immediate effect.
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