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NBA, NJC Hold Emergency Meetings Over Onnoghen’s Suspension As CJN
The National Judicial Council and the Nigerian Bar Association have announced emergency meetings to discuss the suspension of Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
This is coming after Justice Onnoghen was suspended on Friday by President Muhammadu Buhari following an exparte order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
This was revealed on Sunday, the NBA and the NJC disclosing that they would convene on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.
Mr Onnoghen is facing trial at the tribunal, after he was charged for the alleged offence.
While the information regarding the NJC’s meeting was confirmed by multiple sources who did not want to be named, the meeting of the NBA was announced in a statement signed by its National Secretary, Jonathan Taidi.
Sources within the NJC said the council’s meeting, scheduled to hold on Tuesday, will focus mainly on the current controversy trailing Mr Onnoghen’s suspension.
The sources, however, could not confirm whether the meeting would be chaired by Mr Onnoghen or the acting CJN, Ibrahim Mohammed.
According to the NBA, it’s National Executive Council meeting, billed to hold on Monday is expected to be attended by the following members.
1. National Officers
2. Past Presidents
3. Past General Secretaries
4. Branch Chairmen
5. Branch Secretaries
6. Branch NEC Representatives
7. Chairmen and Secretaries of Sections.
The NBA said its meeting is expected to discuss what it described as the: “Purported Suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Mr Justice Walter S C Onnoghen and any Other Business.”