Comply With Due Process, Withdraw Charges Against CJN Onnoghen, NBA Tell FG


The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has again called on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to comply with due process and withdraw the charges of non-declaration of assets filed against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

NBA President, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN) made the call on Tuesday in a statement, urging the Federal Government to allow the National Judicial Council (NJC) to conclude investigations into the two petitions so far instituted against Onnoghen.

“Given these non exhaustive considerations and facts, we press on the Executive arm of the FGN to please discontinue the Charge against the CJN when the matter comes up before the COT tomorrow, Wednesday, 13 February 2019. We respectfully urge full compliance with due process by FGN in this matter by allowing the NJ C process to take its course in respect of the two petitions against the CJN a step that has already, commendably, been embraced by FGN in respect of the EFCC petition,” Usoro said.

This comes hours to Wednesday’s proceedings at the CCT.

The court had at its last sitting ordered Mr. Onnoghen to compulsorily attend before his objection to the case could be heard.

The NJC will also meet the same day to review a report of its pre-assessment committee on the petitions against Onnoghen and the acting CJN, Tanko Muhammad.

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