The Nigerian Senate, has filed a case at the Supreme Court, to seek clarification on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Relying on an order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, President Muhammadu Buhari had last Friday, suspended the Chief Justice, replacing him with another Supreme Court Justice, Tanko Mohammed, as Acting CJN.
On Monday, the Bukola Saraki-led Senate approached the apex court, seeking its interpretation on whether President Buhari acted within the provision of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, in his suspension of Onnoghen.
The section states conditions for the removal of the CJN, but fails to clarify the difference between temporary removal and permanent removal.
“Following the filing of the case, the matter of the suspension of the CJN, which is the main issue for which the Senate had planned to reconvene tomorrow, has become subjudiced”, a statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Media Aide to Senate President, Bukola Saraki, revealed.
“Therefore, in line with the standing rules of the Senate not to debate issues that are already pending before the court, the reconvening of the Senate tomorrow has been put off. The previous adjournment of the Senate till February 19, 2019, stays.”