Walter Onnoghen, former chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari fired him over a baseless rumour of holding meeting with former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, in Dubai before the last general elections.
Onnoghen expressed disappointment with the failure of the presidency’s to authenticate the rumour before acting on it.
The former CJN made the disclosure at the public presentation of a book titled: “Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, 2009: Practice, procedure, forms and precedents,” authored by Ogwu James Onoja, a senior advocate.
According to The Nation, Onnoghen, who recalled the process leading to his removal, noted that the situation became worse when his trial was put in motion before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), despite not being accused of any wrongdoing.
He condemned his trial process before the CCT, recalling that an ex-parte application was suddenly brought in and “what followed was my illegal and unlawful suspension as the CJN.”