By Ikechukwu Nnochiri.
ABUJA– The Supreme Court, the other day, repaired Might 17 to provide judgment in a fit the Cross River State federal government submitted to challenge the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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A seven-man panel of justices of the pinnacle court, led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, adjourned to identify the legal propriety of the action President Buhari took versus Onnoghen on January25
President Buhari had on the basis of an ex-parte order provided by Standard procedure Tribunal, CCT, in Abuja, bought Onnoghen, who is dealing with corruption charge, to step aside, even as he swore in the next most senior jurist on the Supreme Court bench, Justice Tanko Muhammad, to take control of as the Performing CJN.
Nevertheless, disappointed with the action, Cross River State conjured up area 22 of the Supreme Court Act, which gave the pinnacle court with initial jurisdiction to sit as a court of very first circumstances on conflicts in between any state of the federation and the Federal Federal government.
Particularly, Cross River State, through the workplace of the Chief law officer, is hoping the pinnacle court to identify whether the suspension or elimination of Onnoghen from workplace by President Buhari, based upon an ex-parte order by an ordinary magistrate (the Chairman of the CCT), was not in gross offense of area 292( 1) of the 1999 Constitution as modified