While the Senate warms up for an emergency meeting Tuesday, the National Judicial Council (NJC) has announced that it will be meeting on Monday over the suspension of Walter Onnoghen, the suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).
According to report, the meeting will be held in Abuja by 10am on Monday, January 28, where senior justices and members of the council will be deliberating on the way forward.
Sources say neither Onnoghen, whose suspension has become a subject of controversy nor Ibrahim Muhammad, the acting CJN, will be allowed to preside over the meeting, ChannelsTv reported.
Justice Onnoghen should tender his resignation letter-Falana
Similarly, human rights activist and a senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has advised Justice Walter Onnoghen to quit the bench, following the allegations levelled against him at the code of conduct tribunal.
Falana made the call while featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today, anchored by Seun Okinbaloye.
Accoeding to him, “The government should as a matter of urgency, lift the suspension on the Chief Justice since the Chief Justice as so much to on his own admitted that he did not declare his assets, he should do the needful by calling it quits”.
Falana said after the suspension has been lifted, the Chief Justice should quit the bench because he has already admitted that he failed in his duty to declare his asset as required by the constitution, Channels reported.
The Senior Advocate submitted that the Executive and the Judiciary arms of government have failed Nigerians with regards to the case of Justice Walter Onnoghen.
He faulted President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending Justice Onnoghen based on an ex parte order of the code of conduct tribunal, saying President did not follow due process, stressing that the government must learn to obey the rule of law.
“You can’t fight corruption without following due process,” Falana said.
The battle continues as we swing into a new week.