Why National Assembly, lawyers must shut down now – Mike Ozekhome

Human rights lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, has described the suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari as “undemocratic and enthronement of full-blown dictatorship in Nigeria.”

The Senior lawyer said the President’s action amounts to “torpedoing the entire judiciary, rule of law and due process including four valid High Court/Federal High Court rulings and the ruling by the Court of Appeal staying proceedings of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).”

Speaking with the Sun on the matter, Ozekhome further called on lawyers and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) “to shut down all the courts in protest of Justice Onnoghen’s suspension until he is returned to his seat.”

DAILY POST reported that President Buhari, acting on an order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, suspended the CJN.

The President immediately swore in Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed from Bauchi state as the Acting CJN.

Speaking further Ozekhome called on the National Assembly to shut down in protest.

He added, “The alleged suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen from office of the CJN is the vilest, thieving, most despicable, ultra vires, undemocratic and brazenly unconstitutional act ever carried out by any government in Nigeria, civilian or military, since 1st January,1914, when the contraption called Nigeria was forcibly contrived through the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Protectorates.”

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