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Report has it that suspended CJN Onnoghen has resigned voluntarily

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

Report has it that suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has resigned voluntarily.

Onnoghen was suspended from office by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 25 following his failure to declare some of his assets.

His resignation letter was reportedly sent to President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday night.

Earlier, the National Judicial Council (NJC) had allegedly recommended Onnoghen’s compulsory retirement in its investigation report which was sent to President Buhari.

Onnoghen’s purported resignation is not yet public, but his lead defence counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), confirmed that he had resigned.

“I have just spoken with him. He confirmed to me that he resigned voluntarily yesterday (Thursday). He told me he resigned in the interest of the judiciary,” Awomolo said.

“He took a decision after the NJC which has the power under the Constitution to take a decision, has taken a decision,” he added.

Also, the suspended CJN’s defence at the NJC, Rafiu Lawal-Rabana (SAN), confirmed that he had resigned.

“The man has voluntarily retired. Although I have not seen him or spoken with him, it is confirmed that he has voluntarily resigned,” Lawal-Rabana said.

He however alleged that Onnoghen’s resignation had nothing to do with the recommendation of the NJC, although he noted that he had not yet seen the NJC report.

“No, It does not have to do with it. Up till now we don’t have the report.” the lawyer said speaking about the NJC report.

PDP says Buhari-led FG frustrated Onnoghen

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its reaction to the development said that the Federal Government had frustrated Onnoghen to the point where he had to resign.

Diran Odeyemi, the PDP Deputy National Publicity Secretary, stated this following news of Onnoghen’s alleged resignation.

“It is a pity that the FG has frustrated Justice Onnoghen out of office therefore achieving a premeditated plan against the topmost hierarchy of the judiciary. Nigerians obviously have not heard the whole story of why Onnoghen is being persecuted. But we are sure that very soon the fear of  the APC  government  and  the reasons behind the orchestrated plan will be revealed.

“The whole world is watching and it is unfortunate the negative message we are passing with the treatment meted out to  officials of the judiciary being third arm of government will definitely affect our rating in the comity of nations.

“We wish Justice Onnoghen happy retirement.”

APC says Onnoghen’s resignation vindicates Buhari

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in its reaction however said that the suspended CJN’s resignation vindicated President Buhari and the party.

Lanre Isa-Onilu, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, said that the APC knew that the allegations against Onnoghen were too serious which was why Buhari had to suspend him.

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