We will NEVER recognise Justice Tanko Muhammed as CJN, NBA vows

Onnoghen trial and Buhari

The leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association says it still never recognise Justice Tanko Muhammed as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The lawyers vowed that they will only recognise Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

It therefore directs all its members across the country to shun courts on Tuesday and Wednesday in protest against President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension of Onnoghen last Friday, January 25.

President Buhari had immediately sworn in Justice Tanko Mohammed as the acting CJN.

But rising from its Monday emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee comprising its branch chairmen and past presidents and the executive committee of the association, the NBA said due process was not followed by Buhari in suspending Onnoghen and swearing in Muhammad in acting capacity.

Among other decisions reached at the meeting, the NBA set up a committee led by former presidents of the association, Chief Wole Olanipekun and Abubakar Mahmud, to liaise with lawyers serving in the Buhari administration with a view to finding a solution to the problem.

Meanwhile, caucus of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the Senate has approached the Supreme Court praying for the reinstatement of the suspended CJN Onnoghen, while they want Justice Tanko Muhammed to vacate the seat of the CJN.

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