Onnoghen Appeals CCT Suspension Order

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, Tuesday approached the Court of Appeal, Abuja, to set aside the order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal which ordered President Buhari to suspend him and swear in the most senior justice at the Supreme Court as Acting CJN.
Onnoghen, who predicated his appeal on four grounds said the two member panel erred in law when they issued the order of his suspension as well as the other order directing the President to swear in, Justice Tanko Muhammad in acting capacity.
According to the appellate, the tribunal erred in law when it granted the ex-parte motion of the Federal Government, when parties have joined issues on a similar application at the tribunal.
Onnoghen also submitted that by granting the ex-parte, the tribunal erred in law because it prematurely granted a relief which the law prescribed as final punishment for the alleged offence.
He therefore applied for, “An order setting aside the order of the tribunal made on the 23rd of January, directing the Appellant to step aside as the Chief Justice of Nigeria and a further order that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria takes all necessary measures to swear-in the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council”.
The suspended CJN contended that “the exercise of powers over the motion ex-parte without first determining the jurisdiction of the tribunal amounted to unlawful exercise of jurisdiction and therefore void”.
The appeal was filed on his behalf through his team of lawyers led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).
No date has been fixed for hearing.

Author: News Editor

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