Onnoghen Suspension: Senate Heads for Supreme Court

Onnoghen Suspension: Senate Heads for Supreme Court

The Senate on Monday filed a case at the Supreme Court seeking the apex court’s 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 Onnoghen.

The Senate is also asking the court to determine whether the action of the President does not amount to usurpation of the powers of the Senate as provided for in Section 292 of the constitution.

A statement by the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said that 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 today, 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 (today) has been put off,” Olaniyonu said.