Police Operatives have early on Monday morning, sealed off the Office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen, who was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari, last week Friday, sources at the Supreme Court revealed.
In a move that appeared to stop any possibility of Onnoghen accessing the Office, the Policemen were said to have sealed the Office, and ejected all administrative staff in the axis of the CJN’s Office, as early as 7am, on Monday.
One of the sources said: “The Police have sealed the Office of the CJN. Officers and men of the Force went to the administrative staff Offices, at about 7am, and ordered clerical and other staff who were already at their desks to leave, after which they locked up everywhere.”
This came as the National Judicial Council, NJC, has fixed Tuesday, for an emergency meeting, to deliberate on the sudden suspension of Onnoghen, and the swearing in of Justice Tanko Muhammad, as the Acting CJN by President Buhari.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has resumed sitting on Monday, with the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, presiding over a five-man panel of the court.
Monday is the first working day, after the last Friday’s suspension of the CJN, Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Justice Muhammad was immediately sworn-in by President Buhari, in the stead of Onnoghen, on Friday.
Others sitting alongside Justice Muhammad on the panel, at Monday’s sitting, are: Justices Mary Peter-Odili, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Amiru Sanusi, and Paul Galinje.
There are 10 cases listed for hearing at the Supreme Court’s Monday’s cause list, published on the court’s website.