ONNOGHEN’S TRAVAILS AND BUHARI’S FURY

Unless Nigerians are yet to understand the underlying facts about the suspension and subsequent retirement of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen, it would be hard to believe that it was a personal battle between President Muhammadu Buhari and the ousted head of the judiciary. Justice Onnoghen had been enmeshed in a credibility crisis since January 2019, due to his failure upon resuming office as CJN to declare a domiciliary US dollar, euro and pound sterling accounts, as well as an e-saver savings naira account, all…

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BUHARI: WHY I DEALT WITH ONNOGHEN

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday rationalized the treatment of retired Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, saying that he dealt with him for having in his possession undeclared foreign and local currencies. Speaking when he received members of Afenifere led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the presidential villa, Abuja, he said he had to do what he did to the former CJN even though reluctantly. The President said: “But anybody who cannot account for what he has and for refusing to declare, we will have to do…

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AFTER HIS DISGRACE, BUHARI ACCEPTS ONNOGHEN’S RETIREMENT, WRITES CJN OVER APPOINTMENT OF 5 NEW SUPREME COURT JUSTICES

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, on the appointment of additional five justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the Presidency has said. He has also accepted the voluntary retirement from service of Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria, effective from May 28, 2019. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement quoted Buhari as saying: ‘‘Pursuant to the provisions of Section 230(2) A&B of the Constitution of…

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NJC RECOMMENDED ONNOGHEN’S COMPULSORY RETIREMENT- BUHARI

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has finally opened up on the National Judicial Council’s recommendation on the erstwhile Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen. The court documents filed on behalf of the Federal Government, Attorney General of the Federation and Buhari revealed that the NJC recommended  Onnoghen’s compulsory retirement. The documents obtained by The PUNCH on Monday, stated that Onnoghen was recommended for compulsory retirement based on a petition by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission “alleging financial impropriety and infidelity to the Constitution”. This is contrary to speculation of…

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HOW APPEAL COURT RULED AGAINST ONNOGHEN, 3 MONTHS AFTER RESERVING JUDGEMENT

The Court of Appeal on Friday ruled on four motions that were due for judgement since February 27 concerning the trial of the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen. A three-member panel led by Justice Steven Adah decided on the four applications, nearly three months after it reserved judgement. The court condemned the various decisions by the Code of Conduct Tribunal regarding Mr Onnoghen’s trial, but gave most of its verdicts against the applications of the jurist. Mr Onnoghen had approached the court in the wake of his trial…

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APPEAL COURT TO GIVE JUDGEMENT ON ONNOGHEN’S CASES TOMORROW

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal has fixed Friday for judgments in the four appeals filed by the ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, in relation to the validity his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The judgments are coming about three weeks after the CCT had convicted Onnoghen and ordered his removal as CJN, and about two and ten days after the Court of Appeal heard the appeals and reserved its judgments. There is a pending appeal challenging the April 18, 2019…

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ONNOGHEN: COURT SUMMONS BUHARI, ACTING CJN OTHERS

A Federal High Court in Abuja has summoned President Muhammadu Buhari, the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad and others to appear before the court over the removal of former CJN Walter Onnoghen. Justice Inyang Ekwo on Friday also directed members of the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC), the Federal Government of the Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation, and the Senate to appear before the court to show cause why an order to restrain them from initiating the confirmation of the acting CJN as…

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APC GOVERNMENT DISGRACED ONNOGHEN TO FORCE JUDGES TO ENDORSE THEIR UNDEMOCRATIC BEHAVIOUR – PDP

Seun Opejobi  The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Chairman, Uche Secondus, has alleged that the travail of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen, was a “well-designed strategy” by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to humiliate the judiciary arm of the government. Secondus alleged that Onnoghen’s humiliation was used by the APC to coerce judicial officers especially judges to endorse all their undemocratic behaviours. The PDP boss stated this during a world press conference held at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja, on Friday. Secondus, however, urged judicial…

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LAWYER ASKS COURT TO DECLARE ACTING CJN UNFIT FOR THE POST, ORDER ANOTHER SELECTION PROCESS

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has okayed a fresh suit seeking to bar President Muhammadu Buhari from appointing the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, to take over the leadership of the judiciary in a substantive capacity. The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/420/2019, is praying the court to declare that Justice Muhammad who is currently the most senior jurist at the Supreme Court, is unfit to replace the sacked CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen. Specifically, the plaintiff, Chief Malcom Omirhobo, who is a human rights lawyer, is…

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NJC FINALLY REMOVES ONNOGHEN FROM MEMBERS’LIST

NJC removes Onnoghen from membership list Sunday Ejike – Abuja / 10 hours ago The National Judicial Council (NJC) has removed the name and image of convicted Justice Walter Onnoghen from its current members’ list on its website. Onnoghen was last week convicted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for violating the Code of Conduct and Tribunal Act, by refusing to declare the five accounts he has with the Standard Chattered Bank, located at Wuse II, Abuja. Apart from his removal from the office of the CJN and chairman, National Judicial…

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