Walter Onnoghen, former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, on Friday opened up on why the Federal Authorities eliminated him from workplace in 2019 unceremoniously.
Onnoghen mentioned he was faraway from workplace because of hearsay from the Government that he had a gathering with former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, preparatory to the 2019 basic elections.
The previous CJN mentioned the hearsay was thick and unfold quick, however he determined to not react to it as a result of he by no means travelled to Dubai or held any assembly with anyone, together with Atiku.
Talking at a e book launch titled ‘Elementary Rights (Enforcement Process) Guidelines, 2009, Follow, Process, Types and Precedents’, authored by a famend authorized luminary, Chief Ogwu James Onoja, in Abuja.
Onnoghen, nonetheless, expressed shocked that although the Federal Authorities had all of the machineries to analyze the allegation, it by no means did, however opted to unlawfully to go after him and his workplace.
Onnoghen mentioned that the state of affairs obtained to the height when hastily, his trial on the Code of Conduct Tribunal was organized, even when he had not been invited or accused of any wrongdoing.
He additionally lamented that democracy was useless in Nigeria with out brave judges.
He mentioned: “Previous to my suspension, I used to be confronted with no allegation. There have been rumours that I met with Atiku in Dubai. As I’m speaking right here right now, I’ve by no means met Atiku one on one in my life. As if that was not sufficient, I used to be additionally accused of setting free, high-profile criminals, whereas I seized to be a Excessive Court docket Decide way back to 1978.
“In Supreme Court docket, I didn’t sit alone. we sit in panel. In all these rumours and outright accusations, I used to be not given alternative to defend myself.
“Let me make it clear that the workplace of the CJN was not for Onnoghen however for all Nigerians who had sworn to information and shield the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria .
“To say the least, the interval of my ordeal was the darkest period within the historical past of the Nigerian judiciary
“As I’ve severally, Judicial officers should be brave. And I need to beg all serving judicial officers to not be discouraged by what occurred to me within the hand of the Government arm of the federal government.
“Rising Nigerian judges mustn’t go the route of injustice as a result of with out brave judges and justice , Nigeria is doomed.
“Right here, let me sound this word of warning that the appointment of judicial officers must not ever be allowed to be politicized, in any other case, democracy and democratic governance shall be useless.
“Throughout my tenure, the issue of Nigeria was not the Nigerian judiciary, however those that had no regard for the rule of regulation. We should subsequently be dedicated to the rule of regulation and dispense justice with out worry or favour.
“Fact stands, crush it, it can stand as a result of it’s fact.”