Charge against Onnoghen attempt to gag judiciary – Hon,  SAN


By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA – A constitutional lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Sebastian Hon, has described the six-count criminal charge the Federal Government entered against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN,  Justice Walter Onnoghen, as a deliberate attempt to gag the judiciary.

Hon, in a statement on Saturday, urged the CJN not to heed to what he termed as an “unholy call” for him to step aside.

He said: “While I know that the Chief Justice of Nigeria does not enjoy immunity from criminal prosecution, I see this move by the Federal Government as dangerously political and tendentious.

“Suddenly, we woke to see a petition  leaked to the informal or social media, allegedly received by the Code of Conduct on 9th January, 2019.

“Suddenly, we are told charges have been filed against the CJN. Suddenly the Presidency is reportedly asking him to step aside! Was he interrogated or interviewed and his own reactions obtained?

“Why this supersonic…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper