BY IKE UCHECHUKWU( CALABAR) Over 300 Legal Specialists with Placards defied the rains in Calabar on Tuesday to oppose the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The attorneys from the 3 branches of the Nigerian Bar Association in the state making up Calabar, Ikom and Ogoja, assembled on the state judiciary head office at High Court complex on Mary Slessor Roadway prior to continuing to the guv’s workplace on Diamond Hill to provide a six-point need to the guv Ben Ayade for onward transmission to the president.
A few of the placards brought engravings such as ‘No to Tyranny; Probe CCT Chairman, probe Tanko; we are not in a military age, let guideline law dominate; NBA Calabar states no to Executive Rascality; Nigeria not a Banana republic; Justice Onnoghen we understand, who is Tanko? to name a few.
The Vice Chairman of NBA, Calabar Branch, Julius Idiege, checked out the communiqué prior to it existed to the state Deputy Guv, Prof. Ivara Esu, who got it on behalf of the state Guv, Prof Ben Ayade.
The communiqué released partially checked out: “We condemn in the greatest terms, and entirely decline the unconstitutional suspension of Honourable Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari, vide a black market ex parte order released by the Standard procedure Tribunal.
” We are frightened that the Hon Justice Tanko Mohammed sent himself to be sworn in as Performing Chief Justice of Nigeria, consequently registering for this abuse of the constitution and we discover the actions of the Standard procedure Tribunal perfidious and deceptive.”.
” Unless this abuse of the constitution is redressed right away, the guideline of law will remain in jeopardy and this will drive the nation towards anarchy.
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” The constitution of Nigeria need to stay supreme and sacrosanct. We get in touch with the president to right away backtrack his actions and restore Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen to his position as Chief Justice of Nigeria, and protect the constitution which he testified support.”.
They advised the National Executive Committee of the NBA to take all needed actions in defence of the constitution and the guideline of law.
On the other hand, courts in the state were boycotted by attorneys throughout Tuesday. The boycott will advance Wednesday as directed by the NBA at the nationwide level.
Getting the communiqué on behalf of Prof Ben Ayade, his Deputy, Prof Ivara Esu stated that the federal government has actually kept in mind the efforts of NBA and assured to turn over the communiqué to His Excellency.
Ivara stated: “Cross River is the house state of Justice Onnoghen. We have actually kept in mind the efforts NBA has actually made and the responses all over the nation. I guarantee you that as quickly as the guv returns I will turn over the communique to him,” Esu stated.