Why i suspended Justice Walter Onnoghen – Buhari

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has thrown light into why he suspended the Justice Walter Nkanu Samuel Onnoghen and sworn in acting Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad.

President Buhari in a series of tweets in his official Twitter handle wrote:

“Fellow Nigerians, A short while ago, I was served with an Order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal issued on Wed 23rd January 2019, directing the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Justice Walter Nkanu Samuel Onnoghen from office pending final determination”

“Of the cases against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal and several other fora relating to his alleged breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers.”

“Perhaps more worrisome is the CJN’s own written admission to the charges that he indeed failed to follow the spirit & letter of the law in declaring his assets, citing “mistake” & “forgetfulness” which are totally unknown to our laws as defences in the circumstances of his case.”
“One expected that with his moral authority so wounded, by these serious charges of corruption, more so by his own written admission, Mr. Justice Onnoghen would have acted swiftly”
“to spare our Judicial Arm further disrepute by removing himself from superintending over it while his trial lasted.
“Whether deliberately or inadvertently, we have all seen the full weight of the Chief Justice of Nigeria descend on the tender head of one of the organs of justice under his control.

“There is simply no way the officers of that court, from the Chairman to the bailiffs, can pretend to be unaffected by the influence of the leader of the Judiciary.

Not only the trial court, but others have been put on the spot. Practically every other day since his trial commenced, the nation has witnessed various courts granting orders and counter-orders in favour of the Chief Justice of Nigeria,

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