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Pres. Buhari Followed Due Process on Justice Onnoghen’s Suspension - Min. of Information

In defense of the Federal Government’s decision on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that the government followed due process in line with the constitution.

 

Speaking at a press conference today in Abuja, the Minister affirmed that the President is as an avowed democrat, dismissing insinuations of tyranny and dictatorship.

 

He noted that the allegations against Justice Onnoghen go beyond professional misconduct, adding that the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) is the only body statutorily empowered to deal with such offense.

 

Our Correspondent, Raliat Adenekan reports that the Minister said Justice Onnoghen himself in a previous ruling had given the CCT the exclusive mandate to deal on such matters such as the breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers.

 

Meanwhile the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has today condemned Justice Onnoghen’s suspension and likened the decision of the federal government to that of military dictatorship.

 

Speaking at a World Press Conference in Abuja, the former Vice President described the action of the Buhari-led Government as ‘a breach of the Constitution’.

 

Atiku said the issue at stake is not whether what Justice Onnoghen did is right or wrong but whether it is lawful for the government to act the way it did while maintaining that President Buhari has set a new record that was never recorded even during the dark days of the military.

 

Our correspondent Nathan Williams reports that the former Vice President, further warned the government against taking further actions that were capable of destabilising the nation’s democracy and commended the international community for their stance on the recent suspension of Justice Onnoghen.

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