Onnoghen: Stop de­bas­ing rule of law – NBA tells FG

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye, Lagos

The Nige­rian Bar As­so­ci­a­tion week­end de­scribed the planned ar­raign­ment of the Chief Jus­tice of Nige­ria, Wal­ter Onnoghen,be­fore the Code of Con­duct Tri­bunal on Mon­day for al­legedly not declar­ing his as­sets as a tar­geted as­sault on the ju­di­ciary.

NBA Pres­i­dent, Paul Usoro, in a state­ment, asked the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment to stop “de­bas­ing the rule of law.”

He said the as­so­ci­a­tion un­equiv­o­cally con­demned the as­sault, in­tim­i­da­tion and des­e­cra­tion of the ju­di­ciary by fed­eral agen­cies and de­manded that it be stopped im­me­di­ately.

He stated: “Why has FG de­cided to em­bark on this anoma­lous course of charg­ing the CJN be­fore the CCT with­out first pre­sent­ing what­ever facts it pur­port­edly has against His Lord­ship to the NJC for its de­lib­er­a­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion? The pe­ti­tion that trig­gered the CCB ac­tion was on its face re­ceived by the Bureau on 09 Jan­uary 2019 and the Charge was promptly drafted and is dated the fol­low­ing day, 10 Jan­uary 2019 - giv­ing the CCB a record 24 hours for com­ple­tion of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the draft­ing of the said Charge and an­cil­lary pro­cesses!

“If one con­tem­plates the fact that the CCT ar­raign­ment is sched­uled to take place on 14 Jan­uary 2019, we have in to­tal a record num­ber of 3 (three) work­ing days be­tween the re­ceipt and pro­cess­ing of the pe­ti­tion, in­ves­ti­ga­tion, prepa­ra­tion of Charge and an­cil­lary pro­cesses and the ar­raign­ment! Such un­prece­dented speed and ef­fi­ciency in Nige­ria’s crim­i­nal jus­tice ad­min­is­tra­tion! It is clear, given the rush with which this mat­ter was con­ducted by the CCB, that the NJC was not privy to it and did not con­duct its manda­to­rily re­quired dis­ci­plinary pro­cesses prior to the fil­ing of the Charge be­fore the CCT.”

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