President Buhari Suspends CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, Pending The Completion Of His Trial

President buhari swearing in new CJN

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, January 25, suspended the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, pending the completion of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Mr Buhari announced the suspension at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja today.

He said the suspension followed the order of the CCT directing him to suspend Onnoghen, pending the completion of his trial.

The President has sworn in Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as the acting CJN. Mohammed who hails from Bauchi state is the most senior justice of the Supreme Court.

See his tweets below:

Accordingly, I hereby suspend the Honourable Mr. Justice Walter Nkanu Samuel Onnoghen, GCON as the Chief Justice of Nigeria pending final determination of the case against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) January 25, 2019

In further compliance with the same Order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, I hereby invite Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed JSC,being the next most Senior Justice in the Supreme Court, to come forward to take the Judicial Oath as Chief Justice of Nigeria in an Acting Capacity.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) January 25, 2019

Fellow Nigerians, we can only stand a chance to win the fight against Corruption, and position our dear nation for accelerated development when we stand together to contend against it.
Thank you and may God bless our country.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) January 25, 2019


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