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Suspension Of CJN, Onnoghen: Nigerian Senate Approach Supreme Court For Interpretation

Unic Press UK: The Nigerian Senate has filed a suit at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, seeking an interpretation of the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.

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The Nigerian Senate is asking the apex court of the land, the Supreme Court to determine whether the president acted within the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended); and to state whether the president’s action is a usurpation of the powers of the Nigerian Senate as stipulated in Section 292 of the Constitution, the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu said in a press release.

Given its decision to seek Supreme Court interpretation, the Nigerian Senate would no longer reconvene on Tuesday, the 29th January 2019. The initial adjournment of the Senate to 19th February 2019 stands, Olaniyonu added.

It was on Friday last week that the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari announced the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Judge Walter Onnoghen. Buhari has appointed Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as acting CJN, citing an Order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Prior to the president’s decision to suspend Judge Onnoghen, there was an Order of the Appeal Court that the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) should maintain a stay of proceedings with regard to the six-count charge against the CJN, Walter Onnoghen.


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