Lawyer and Human rights activist, Femi Falana, has asked suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to resign honourably after his suspension must have been lifted by President Buhari.
Onnoghen who admitted in his letter to the Code of Conduct Tribunal that he forgot to declare some of his assets after he assumed office in March 2017, was suspended by President Buhari on Friday January 25th.
Speaking on Channels TV yesterday January 27th, Falana said
“The government should as a matter of urgency, lift the suspension on the Chief Justice since the Chief Justice as so much to on his own admitted that he did not declare his assets, he should do the needful by calling it quits”.
He added that after the suspension has been lifted, Justice Onnoghen should quit the bench because he has already admitted that he failed in his duty to declare his asset as required by the constitution.
The Senior Advocate further argued it was wrong for President Buhari to have suspended Justice Onnoghen based on an ex parte order of the code of conduct tribunal. He said by so doing the President did not follow due process, stressing that the government must learn to obey the rule of law.
“You can’t fight corruption without following due process,” Falana said.
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