The case of the embattled Chief Justice Of Nigeria is one that has trended the Nigerian media space and jostled the Nigerian political sphere with various groups lending their voices for or against the CJN.
For the people of Biase the home local government area of Justice Onnughen, the whole drama isn’t one to be treated lightly as they perceive it as an embarrassment not just to be people of Biase or Cross River but to the Nation at large.
According to Honourable Ogbor Ogbor Udop who is the member representing Biase state constituency in the state House Of Assembly, what happened is a national embarrassment, where the nation just embarrassed itself before the international community.
He said “This whole matter is a witch hunt which has a huge political undertone especially Considering what happened before Justice Onnughen was confirmed the CJN. The law says the most senior becomes the chief justice which Onnughen was but yet his confirmation dragged for no just cause before he was finally appointed and till date no explanation given”.
“What is happening is totally unacceptable by the Biase people, you can’t drag the name of Justice Onnughen in the mud, a man we know as one of the finest whose pedigree we can vouch for and besides why now when elections are just by the corner Why did they not go to through the Senate? Procedurally it is wrong andthe intention is callamicous and unacceptable” he added.
For Mrs. Egodo Helen Isamoh, a political stalwart in Biase local government and Special Adviser to the governor on gender and development, everything must follow due process.
She hinted that before a CJN is removed, it must pass through voting in the senate with a vote of two third majority.
“We in Biase are saying the president has not treated the CJN fair and we are not happy about it, we know the CJN as an upright man so let him reinstate him back and follow due process if he has to be tried” she said.
Justice Onoghen has however been suspended with an acting CJN in the person of Mohammed Tanko sworn in while the hearing of the case which was fixed for Monday 28 January has so far been suspended indefinitely.
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