The upper chambers of the National Assembly, the Senate has withdrawn its suit at the Supreme Court.
The Senate had filed a suit at the apex court seeking judgement on the decision of the President to suspend Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN). It also sought to know if the President had not gone beyond its powers in suspending the CJN without the consent of the Senate, since the constitution didn’t state in clear terms if that was a necessity for the removal if the CJN temporarily.
”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,” a statement from Yusuph Olaniyonu, Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s Spokesman said.
Recall that President Buhari suspended Justice Onnoghen as CJN and replaced him with Justice Tanko Mohammed in acting capacity.
Both senior judicial officers have been petitioned at the NJC and were given 7 days, last week to respond to the petitions against them.