Onnoghen: Senate Heads to Court, Suspends Plan to Reconvene

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019  01.38AM / Office of Senate President 


Earlier today, the Senate filed a case in the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court, seeking its interpretation on whether President Muhammadu 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




Yusuph Olaniyonu

Special Adviser ( Media and Publicity) to Senate President


Senate Withdraws Suit on Onnoghen’s Suspension in Supreme Court

The Senate of the Federal republic of Nigeria has withdrawn its suit filed on Janaury 28, 2019 to the Supreme Court, seeking clarification on  the suspension of the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen by the President. 

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President Mr Yusuf Olaniyonu, the decision to withdraw the suit was to give the Nigerian Judicial Council to intervene in the situation. 

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