Onnoghen’s Preemptive Resignation Rattles Presidency, Governance fully Northernised

To avoid humiliation of being retired by the Presidency , former Chief Justice of the Federation, Walter Onnoghen, threw in the towel in a game of survival that has subsumed the Judiciary within the Executive arm of  government. Furthermore, the principle of Federal Character has finally been buried in the political arrangement of the country. The National Judicial Council, NJC, has immediately after their decision on Onnoghen, dispatched their postion to the Presidency. Almost immediately, Onnoghen, through the Chief of Staff to the federal government, Abba Kyari, submitted his resignation…

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NJC may have recommended Onnoghen For Retirement, Cleared Tanko

Following turbulence that has trailed his tenure and his unceremonious suspension from his exalted office, Justice Walter Onnoghen may have been recommended for retirement by the national Judicial commission, NJC. Justice Tanko Mohammed, however, may have been exhonorated from allegations of subverting the rule of Law by offering himself to be sworn in as the new acting chief Justice without due process. This Soji Oye, the Director  of Media Information of the commission has hinted. The NJC handles issues of Judicial discipline. In the wake of the Onnoghen Saga, Justice…

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Onnoghen: Police, DSS Launch Manhunt For Ex-CJN

President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would have gone down in history as the first government to arrest a Chief Justice of Nigeria in case the police eventually picked Walter Onnoghen, suspended CJN. Following the bench warrant issued against the ex-CJN on Wednesday by Code of Conduct Tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, security agencies in the country including police and Directorate of State Services, DSS, the magazine has learned have been on red alert to apprehend and arrest Onnoghen. The CCT a short while ago directed ordered the Inspector General of Police, IGP…

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With Crisis-ridden Electioneering Campaign At Home, Buhari Takes On The World

By Uche Mbah The dwindling  fortunes of the electioneering campaigns of President Buhari in recent times has become a source of worry to the All Progressives Congress-led central government. An emergency meeting of the security chiefs was said to have been called by the presidency- a meeting the opposition Peoples democratic Party, PDP insisted is a closed door meeting to perfect the rigging plan of the APC. Recent campaign outings has become worrisome to the political gladiators, particularly since the president seem to lack coordination in his utterances and actions.…

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NJC: Why Onnoghen, Tanko, Umar May Lose Their Positions

By Uche Mbah With all issues pertaining to the Onnoghen saga converging back on the National Judicial Council, NJC, and the Supreme Court, feelers from informed quarters indicate that both Justice Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, and the Buhari appointed Acting CJN, Mohamed Tanko,  may end up as losers. The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Dangiwa Umar, may also suffer the same fate end in this game of Russian Roulette. Recall that the NJC sat Tuesday January, 29, and ruled that both the CJ…

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Onnoghen: EU, US, Others Outraged, Call For Reversal

By Uche Mbah The United States of America, USA, and the European Union, EU, have both expressed strong reservations over the suspension of the Chief Justice of the Federation, Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari. The suspension of  Onnoghen, and the swearing-in of Hon. Justice Tanko Mohammed on Friday, January 25, as the Ag. CJN  by the President have  elicited so much angst and condemnation both locally and internationally.   Twitter was on fire, with Hashtag #TyrantBuhari trending all over the world, In condemnation of President Buhari, with some…

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Buhari Suspends Onnoghen, Swears in Tanko

By Uche Mbah President Muhammadu Buhari Today suspended the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onoghen, swearing in Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohamed as the new Acting Chief Justice. Mohamed was sworn in inside the Council Chamber of Aso Rock Villa, after the signing of the Executive Order 007. It is not clear the extent of his powers in this regard. The Constitution states Onnoghen can only be removed by two third majority of the Senate. Since the information came in, there has been anger, particularly within the legal profession, where some…

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CCT: Onnoghen Absent Again As Political Undercurrents Intensifies

By Uche Mbah Amid confusion on whether the case against the Chief Justice of the Federation, Walter Onnoghen, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, will be suspended or not due to a High Court rulings, the Code  of Conduct Tribunal convened again without the CJN appearing. His Lawyer, Wole Olanipekun, however, appeared for him with over forty Senior Lawyers and Forty two others. It will be recalled that the last hearing of the case was on 14 January 2019, with the CJN absent. Since then, there has been three different…

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Onnoghen: Group warns EFCC on Arrest of Odumakin, Fani-Kayode

By Uche Mbah The last may not have been heard about the purported raid by the Economic and Financial Crimes commission, EFCC, on the residence of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen, as the Southern and Middle belt Leaders forum have reacted to the threat of the EFCC to prosecute former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode, and Afenifere Chieftain, Yinka Odumakin, for peddling fake news. In recent times, stories about the raid by the EFCC on the CJN’s house went viral, shortly after his day in the…

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Onnoghen Absent in Court, Criticisms May Force FG to Soft- pedal on Trial

By Uche Mbah The level of anger, uproar that trailed the announcement of plans to drag the Chief Justice of The Federation, Walter Onnoghen, to the Code of Conduct Tribunal, coupled with International pressures, may have decided the rumored tactical withdrawal of the federal Government from the case. It will be recalled that one Dennis Aghanya, former Media Aid to President Buhari, wrote a petition against the Chief Justice of the Federation, CJN, to the Code of conduct Tribunal. Aghanya, the Executive secretary of a Civil Society Group, the Anti-Corruption…

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