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Onnoghen Case: Supreme Court Speaks On Receiving Orders From Buhari

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Onnoghen Case: Supreme Court Speaks On Receiving Orders From Buhari

The Supreme Court said as an independent arm of government, it does not take orders from President Muhammadu Buhari on how to run its affairs.

While disclosing that the president has never meddled in its internal administration, the apex court denied media reports that six of its directors were behind the exit of former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.

In a statement by the Director, Information and Press, Dr. Festus Akande, the Supreme Court further claimed that there was no power tussle between three directors in the Finance and Accounts departments of the court, as earlier reported in the media.

Specifically, the statement was a response to a publication in one of the national dailies with the caption, “How Six Directors Cost Onnoghen his Job.”

The statement reads: “It is imperative to let the public know that the story is misleading, ill-informed and obviously calculated to fan the ember of discord and as well whip up premature sentiments.

“The Supreme Court of Nigeria is an organised and well-structured arm of a government that is governed by well-defined rules and regulations which all staff are expected to observe and align within their daily operations.

The Nigerian state, as it is well known, has three arms of government which evidently make provision for the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary. As it is in practice, these three arms are mutually independent and largely enjoy the separation of powers; thus for anyone to insinuate that the executive or the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, is the one dictating to the Chief Justice of Nigeria on how to run the affairs of the Supreme Court or the kind of disciplinary measures to mete out as a form of the internal discipline of the staff for whatever reason is both false and logically defective.


“Let it be noted that the President and Commander-in-Chief has never interfered or meddled into the internal administration of the Supreme Court, let alone granting audience to the six directors with a view to plotting Justice Onnoghen’s down fall on the grounds that the former Chief Justice of Nigeria allegedly failed to heed to the president’s advice of sacking them for the alleged “massive underhand dealings.”

As for the Finance and Accounts Department of the Court, there is no power tussle between three directors, as the current acting Director, Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim came in from the National Judicial Institute on secondment for a specified duration which has not yet elapsed.



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