Senate Suspends Emergency Session over CJN Onnoghen, Heads to Court
The planned emergency session by the Senate over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Nkannu Onnoghen has been canceled as the red chamber heads to Supreme Court to determine whether President Muhammadu Buhari was right by his action in removing the number one judge in the nation.
Earlier today, Monday January 28, 2019 the Senate filed a case in the highest court of the land, seeking its interpretation on whether Buhari acted within the provision of the constitution in his suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Onnoghen or 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.
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 tomorrow, has become subjudiced, a statement signed by Special Adviser ( Media and Publicity) to Senate President Yusuph Olaniyonu.
The statement, a copy which was sent to THE LEGISLATURE further said “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 has been put off. The previous adjournment of the Senate till February 19, 2019 stays.”