‘I’ve not been informed my offence’ – Ex-CJN Onnoghen laments Removing
The previous Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen who was faraway from workplace on January 26, 2019, has lamented the truth that he was fired with out anybody telling him what his offence was.
He didn’t identify the personalities concerned within the drama.
Onnoghen stated no person informed him something about his offence when he was informed that he had been eliminated.
Onnoghen, who clocked 70 on Tuesday, his projected retirement day if he had run his tenure because the CJN and judicial profession in full, spoke at a low-key birthday dinner held at his Asokoro, Abuja residence.
Performing on a controversial ex parte order issued by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, the President, Main Normal Muhammadu Buhari (retd), suspended Onnoghen because the CJN on January 26, 2019 and changed him with the incumbent CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, then in appearing capability.
Onnoghen by no means returned to workplace until his conviction by the CCT and his voluntary retirement in April 2019.
“How will you simply get up one morning and so they say you could have been faraway from workplace. No person is able to let you know something, all everyone was simply saying is resign, resign.
“What have I performed?”
Onnoghen who recommended his authorized staff that defended him throughout his travails, maintained that he lived an upright life all through his profession as a judicial officer.
“You didn’t need to know my spouse, my kids or anyone near me to get justice,” he stated.
He stated inside two years of being within the saddle, he introduced plenty of innovation and reform however which “have been deserted”.
A former Justice of the Supreme Court docket, Justice Kumai Akaahs, the Chief Choose of Borno State, Justice Kashim Zannah, the President of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation, and lots of different dignitaries paid glowing tributes to him at his seventieth birthday dinner on Tuesday.
The occasion was additionally attended by Onnoghen’s predecessor, Justice Mahmud Mohammed (retd), who got here in the midst of the programme and left when it was about ending.
Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) and Chief Rafiu Lawal-Rabana (SAN), who led the authorized staff which defended Onnoghen at each the Code of Conduct Tribunal and the Nationwide Judicial Council within the twilight of his abruptly ended profession, additionally hailed the ex-CJN as a person integrity.
Justice Akaahs who served as a Justice of the Supreme Court docket beneath Onnoghen because the CJN, stated the issues stated about Onnoghen throughout his travails have been concoction.
He stated, “I dare say that historical past would be the final decide. I’m welcoming him to the membership as a result of he’s my youthful brother although I labored beneath him.”
The Chief Choose of Borno State, Justice Zannah, who additionally served beneath Onnoghen as a member of the NJC, described the ex-CJN as an incredible man, trustworthy and straight ahead individual.
Lawal-Rabanna who led the defence staff of the ex-CJN on the NJC, stated, “All of us standing earlier than you consider in him as a result of we noticed him as a person of integrity. We noticed him as a person who believes in precept. That’s the reason until at the moment, the NJC report has not come out as a result of they discovered nothing.”
NBA President, Akpata, stated the attorneys’ umbrella physique remained extraordinarily pleased with Onnoghen.
He stated, “The NBA will stay extraordinarily pleased with you. We maintain you within the highest of esteem.”
He charged Onnoghen to inform his story by writing a e-book.
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