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 rumours from the Government that he had a gathering with former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, preparatory to the 2019 normal 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 ebook launch titled ‘Basic Rights (Enforcement Process) Guidelines, 2009, Observe, Process, Varieties and Precedents’, authored by a famend authorized luminary, Chief Ogwu James Onoja, in Abuja.
Onnoghen expressed shock that although the Federal Authorities had all of the equipment to research the allegation, it by no means did, however opted to unlawfully come after him and his workplace.
Onnoghen mentioned the state of affairs acquired to the height when swiftly, 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 at this time, 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 Courtroom Decide way back to 1978.
“Within the Supreme Courtroom, I didn’t sit alone. We sit in panels. In all these rumours and outright accusations, I used to be not given the chance 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 have to be brave. And I wish 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 shouldn’t go the path of injustice as a result of, with out brave judges and justices, 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 legislation. We should subsequently be dedicated to the rule of legislation and dispense justice with out concern or favour.
“Fact stands, crush it, it’ll stand as a result of it’s reality.”