Ahead of the planned arraignment of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen today at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has again urged the federal government to discontinue the charge against him. A strongly worded statement by the President of the NBA, Paul Usoro (SAN) said the reasons the association wants the six count charge against the suspended CJN discontinued was that, one of the two petitions against the him, currently before the National Judicial Council (NJC) is an exact replica of the petition that motivated the CCT Charge. He said the second petition was reportedly presented by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which is an agency of the federal government. According to him, the NJC process allows an initial determination to be made on the petitions against the CJN and if he is found liable or wanting howsoever, appropriate sanctions would be imposed by the NJC including recommendation for his dismissal or retirement. He also urged full compliance with due process by the federal government in Onnoghen’s matter by allowing the NJC process to take its course in respect of the two petitions against him.
Source: Nigerian Tribune February 12, 2019 13:07 UTC