By Emma Peters
The Supreme Court on Thursday fixed judgment for May 17 this year in a suit by Cross River State Government seeking to set aside the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.
A seven-man panel of the court, led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour scheduled the date after taking arguments from lawyer to parties.
The plaintiff, represented by Lucius Nwosu (SAN) , while the defendants was represented Dayo Apata, Solicitor General of the Federation.
The plaintiff’s Counsel argued that Onnoghen’s suspension or removal from office by President Muhammadu Buhari, based on an ex-parte order by the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal violates the Constition, particularly Section 292(1).
Also in a counter-argument, the defendants Counsel was of view that the plaintiff lacks the locus standi to approach the Supreme Court on the issue, because Onnoghen’s suspension was personal to him and cannot be interpreted to amount to a dispute between the Federal Government and the Cross River State Government.