NBA Condemns Onnoghen Treatment
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja Branch, has condemned what it described as “renewed persecution” of former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onoghene.
Chairman, NBA Ikeja Branch, Dele Oloke, said this while reacting to the recent seizure of the former CJN's passport, and the subsequent ban on his trip abroad by the federal government.
Oloke, who also decried the way and manner the former CJN was removed from office, said it's shameful to know that the sitting Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo of the country, is a senior member of the bar.
He said: “I do not expect Prof Osibanjo to be in a government where that will be done to a retired Chief Justice of the Federation. My Lord was retired without following the rules of law by this government. I don’t care, I’m not a politician.”
“As if that was not enough, you don’t want him to travel. What else do they want from Onnoghen? See, if they want to kill Onnoghen, they should take him out and just kill him and announce to us that they have killed him.”
Oloke further wondered what the objective of the fresh attack was, even after the illegal manner that the former CJN was forcefully disgraced out of office.
“Now you have removed him illegally, you are saying he cannot travel, please for God’s sake, what again is his offence? Must he not live?” inquired Oloke.
“Between Abubakar Malami, the Honorable Attorney General of the Federation and Prof. Osibanjo the Vice-President, I don’t know what again Nigeria want from Walter Onnoghen, they should please leave that man to live.”
“Paul Usoro (SAN) has done everything within his power to bring back Onnoghen, unless you want him to carry about placards on the street which is unnecessary, it’s just playing to the gallery because people have carried placards.”
“The truth of the matter is this, there’s nothing Usoro has not said about the injustice meted out to Onnoghen by the way and manner he was removed from office. It is left for the government and legal handlers to have fear of God and think of tomorrow because no condition is permanent.”
Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen was on April 18th convicted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on account of false declaration of assets and also barred him for 10 years from holding any public office.