CJN’s Planned Trial An Attempt To Intimidate Nigerian Judges – NBA

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The Nigerian Bar Association has described the proposed trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, as a ploy to intimidate the judiciary and judges, in particular, ahead of the forthcoming general elections.

According to the President of the NBA, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN), the ploy is a “targeted assault of the judiciary by the agents of the Federal Government”.

Usoro opined that the planned trial of the CJN was a violation of the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Nganjiwa v Federal Republic of Nigeria (2017) which shielded serving judges from investigation and prosecution unless they are first disciplined by the National Judicial Council.

The association urged the Federal Government to exercise “restraint” as it demanded, “that the Code of Conduct Bureau follow due process in proceeding against the CJN by complying with Nganjiwa’s judgment (supra) and other similar judicial precedents.”

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