JUST IN | Senate to Reconvene Tuesday, Debate Onnoghen's Suspension

Posted January 27, 2019

The former vice president who disclosed this in a statement made available to Legit.ng said he rejects the suspension in its entirely and called on Onnoghen and the judiciary to resist the action by every legal and constitutional means.

A source in the National Assembly disclosed that the lawmakers would reconvene to discuss the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Shehu said this hours after the US, UK and European Union reacted to the suspension of Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The U.S. said in a statement that it's "deeply concerned" about the issue and there's a danger Onnoghen's removal could "cast a pall over the electoral process".

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Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), came to power in 2015 on a pledge to stamp out corruption and is seeking another four-year term.

The opposition party said it would halt its election campaign for 72 hours to protest the decision to suspend the chief justice, Reuters reported.

On Friday, his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party, called the suspension a "brazen dictatorial act".

Using similar language, the Nigerian Bar Association - the umbrella body for lawyers - said Buhari had mounted an "attempted coup against the Nigerian judiciary".

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Onnoghen is facing a six-count charge of non-declaration of assets when he became the chief justice of Nigeria.

"Although the question of foreign interference, whether state sponsored, promoted or otherwise has dominated recent elections and outcomes globally, the federal government assures citizens and the global community that it will fiercely and assiduously promote the will and the right of Nigerians to choose and elect their leaders without pressure or assistance from persons or entities that are not constitutionally empowered to participate in the process, " he said.

Buhari on Friday pointedly accused the apex court of frustrating government efforts to tackle corruption by overturning graft convictions.

"The Constitution of Nigeria is explicit in stating that the Chief Justice of Nigeria may only be removed from Office upon a motion supported by two-thirds of members of the Nigeria Senate on specified grounds". Buhari said his suspension will continue until the case is concluded. Justice Tanko, who Muhammadu Buhari, the so called anti corruption advocate, swore in, has 32 kids and a reputation I won't even bother stating here.

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