By Olisemeka Obeche
Mr. Mohammed was driven into the forecourt of the president’s office at about 4:30 p.m. in a black Mercedes Benz C240 with number plate GWA:900FA.
The constitutionality or otherwise of the president’s action has sparked intense discussions among Nigerians with some commentators saying the country may have a constitutional crisis on its hands.
Mr. Onnoghen had, earlier on Friday, announced a plan to swear in members of the various 2019 election petition tribunals on Saturday, January 26. In a statement issued through his media assistant, Awassam Bassey, the embattled Onnoghen also described as absolute falsehood, the media reports that he resigned his office, following current allegations against him.
The CJN urged Nigerians to disregard the rumour and added that he was still performing his role as CJN. “There’s absolutely no truth in the rumours making the round that the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria, His Lordship Hon. Mr. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, has resigned his office. It is fake news!
“The Hon CJN was in the office all through yesterday (Thursday) and sat in court. As part of his duties, the Hon CJN will be swearing in members of the 2019 National Assembly, Governorship & State Assembly Election Petition Tribunals tomorrow (Saturday 26th January 2019),” the statement said.
Mr. Onnoghen is facing trial over alleged false asset declaration brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.
The Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, has also requested that Mr. Onnoghen resign from office, following the various allegations. The case, currently ongoing at the CCT, was adjourned till January 28. But the Court of Appeal on Thursday ordered the tribunal to suspend sitting, pending the discharge of current applications before it.
The Court of Appeal will give its verdict on the matter on January 30. The appeals were brought by Mr. Onnoghen who wanted his trial halted, citing lack of merit.