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CJN Suspension: Senate heads to court, cancels emergency resumption

The Senate has approached the Supreme Court to challenge the recent suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President of the Senate, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Monday.

The upper legislative chamber, according to Olaniyonu, is seeking interpretation of the apex court on whether Buhari’s action is within the ambit of the Nigerian Constitution.

The statement reads: Earlier today, the Senate filed a case in the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court, seeking its interpretation on whether President Buhari acted within the provision of the constitution in his suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Hon. Justice Walter Nkannu Onnoghen .

Or whether the action of the President does amount to usurpation of the powers of the Senate as provided for in Section 292 of the constitution.

Following the filing of the case, the matter of the suspension of the CJN, which is the main issue for which the Senate had planned to reconvene tomorrow, has become subjudiced.

Therefore, in line with the standing rules of the Senate not to debate issues that are already pending before the court, the reconvening of the Senate tomorrow has been put off.

The previous adjournment of the Senate till February 19, 2019 stays”, he said.

Resumption cancellation

In another development, the Senate has also cancelled its plan to convene an emergency plenary on Tuesday over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN), Walter Onnoghen.

The Clerk of the Senate, Mr Nelson Ayewoh, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Ayewoh, who did not give reasons for the cancellation, said the scheduled date of resumption of plenary fixed for Tuesday, Feb. 19 remained.

This is to inform all Distinguished senators of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that the resumption in Plenary Scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 29, has been cancelled.

Source: Voice of Nigeria