Onnoghen: Senate Cancels Tuesday Plenary, Approaches Supreme Court

 

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The Nigerian Senate has cancelled the emergency session scheduled for Tuesday, the Clerk of the Red Chamber, Nelson Ayewoh, said in a statement on Monday evening.

Mr. Ayewoh did not give reasons for the action but explained that the federal lawmakers would now resume on February 19 earlier adjourned to last week.

Recall that the Senate had recalled its members from recess for an emergency session on Tuesday, following the illegal suspension of the Chief Justice of the Federation, Walter Onnoghen (CJN) on Friday by President Muhammadu Buhari

The cancellation, a senate source told CHECKPOINTCHARLEY is as a result of the decision of the Red Chamber to approach the Supreme Court for the interpretation of the suspension of CJN Onnoghen.

The Media adviser to Senate President,  Yusuph Olaniyonu later confirmed in a statement that the Senate has decided to challenge Onnoghen’s suspension at the Supreme Court.

The statement read, “Earlier today, the Senate filed a case in the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court, seeking its interpretation on whether President Muhammadu Buhari acted within the provision of the constitution in his suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Hon. Justice Walter Nkannu Onnoghen or whether the action of the President does amount to usurpation of the powers of the Senate as provided for in Section 292 of the constitution.

“Following the filing of the case, the matter of the suspension of the CJN which is the main issue for which the Senate had planned to reconvene tomorrow, has become subjudiced.

“Therefore, in line with the standing rules of the Senate not to debate issues that are already pending before the court, the reconvening of the Senate tomorrow has been put off. The previous adjournment of the Senate till February 19, 2019 stays.”

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