Onnoghen: Senate discontinues Supreme Court Suit.

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The Senate Monday ordered the discontinuation of the case it filed at the Supreme Court on the suspension of Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen.

The upper chamber said that its decision to discontinue the case followed the intervention of the National Judicial Council (NJC) on the issue.

Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Special Adviser to the Senate President on media and Publicity, made the statement  that the Senate has decided to give the NJC intervention a chance.

The statement noted that the decision follows the intervention of the NJC on the issue.

“The Senate has therefore decided to discontinue the case it filed in the Supreme Court. It should be noted that the case has been slated for hearing tomorrow. This decision also affirms the confidence of the Senate in the ability of the NJC to successfully and creditably resolve the issues,”

The Senate on January 28 filed a case at the Supreme Court to seek clarification on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.

In the suit, the Senate approached the apex court seeking its interpretation on whether President Buhari acted within the provision of the constitution in his suspension of Mr Onnoghen.

The Senate also wanted the court to determine 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.

The section states conditions for removal of a chief justice but fails to clarify the difference between temporary removal and permanent removal.

A day after the announcement of the suit, the All Progressives Congress caucus in the Senate dissociated from the legal action, following which Mr Saraki clarified that it was initiated by “a majority of the leadership” of the chamber.

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