Walter Onnoghen, suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria has raised alarm that the Court of Appeal has been warned to stay away from hearing his case.
Onnoghen said this on Monday in a statement released by his lead Counsel,
Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN.
He said many politicians and judges are being seen as corrupt because of his trial.
He warned that nobody knew who would be the next after the precedent already laid with his trial.
The statement reads, “Whereas political matters and election matters were treated with dispatch, and judgment delivered within hours, the appeal of Chief Justice of Nigeria, six weeks after argument was ordered to be kept away in the file.
“There is no association of Nigerian judges to speak a word.
“Let no public officer or judicial officer at any level, throw stones because if not all, most are guilty as Onnoghen.
“Nobody knows who is next, a precedent has been laid.
“The honourable Attorney-General of the Federation seems pleased.”
Continuing, Awomolo said his client’s ongoing trial had exposed the Nigerian judiciary to be a weak institution, just as he expressed worry that the Nigerian Bar Association “has by reason of personal leadership ambition been rendered ineffective, divided and weak”.
He also lamented that the framers of the Nigerian Constitution, “omitted to give sufficient attention to the need for the Code of Conduct Tribunal to secure its independence, impartiality and non-interference”.
According to him, if the head of the judiciary will be treated the way Onnoghen was treated, the CCT trial had shown that the judiciary was not independent and the security of tenure of judicial officers is merely wishful thinking.