Shock As As 25 Powerful Lawyers Dump CJN Onnoghen, Withdraw Law Suit Against Buhari

Twenty five Lawyers have approached a Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, asking it to terminate further hearing on a suit challenging wha...

Twenty five Lawyers have approached a Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, asking it to terminate further hearing on a suit challenging what they termed as the illegal suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Plaintiffs, led by Human Rights Activist, Johnmary Jideobi, said that they decided to discontinue the suit, after they got information that Justice Onnoghen had succumbed to pressure and voluntarily tendered his resignation letter to the 1st defendant, Buhari.

They told the court that pursuing the legal action to its logical conclusion, would amount to “crying more than the bereaved”, notwithstanding the fact that the matter was earlier fixed to be heard on May 23.

Meanwhile, a University Lecturer in Edo State, Dr. Isaiah Osifo, has raised two posers for the Nigeria Judicial Council, NJC, over its recommendation of the compulsory retirement for Justice Onnoghen, who was forced to give up his job, recently.

Osifo said: “It is meaningless for the sycophants of President Buhari to celebrate or justify the resignation of Justice Onnoghen, without concern for the dangerous consequences of a bad precedent in a country, without respect for the rule of law.

“Can NJC and Nigerians tolerate situations where elected President can sack the Head of the Judicial Arm of government, without recourse to the rules and constitutional provision? Can NJC and Nigerians tolerate situations where elected State Governor can sack the Chief Judge of a State, without recourse to the laws and the Constitution of Nigeria?

“The resignation/retirement of Justice Onnoghen should make less news, compared to the dangers that are inherent in a society without the rule of law. Double standard and its application in any judicial system, erode the confidence of the people in the Judiciary, and place the nation in the category of a dangerous and unpredictable country.

“If NJC cannot rescue the Judiciary, who else can? Democratic and civilised nations always avoid subordinating law to satisfy any individual or a group”, he asserted.

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