HURIWA Demands Buhari Impeached For Suspending Onnoghen

However, a statement by Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and Miss Zainab Yusuf, the National Coordinator and National Media Affairs Director of HURIWA, respectively, quoted Section 292 of the Nigerian Constitution which does not expressly distinguishe between “temporary removal (suspension) from a permanent removal (sack)”.

According to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, the CJN can only be removed with the knowledge of the National Assembly — the removal must be approved by two-thirds majority of the National Assembly.

Portraying HURIWA’s contrary position to the President’s decision to suspend the CJN, the statement read: “The power to remove is different and is even more stringently interpreted in employments with statutory flavor as in this case, but we have not even begun to talk about the power of removal. Granted that the CCT may have a constitutional role in the removal of the CJN going by a wholistic reading of the above provisions, but there is no statutory provision that clothes the CCT with power to order the CJN or any person appearing before it to step aside or recommend that the President should suspend the CJN or anyone appearing before it.

“Such a procedure amounts to denying the CJN or whoever has been subjected to such treatment by the CCT, his constitutionally guaranteed presumption of innocence and is an imposition of punishment by the CCT even before it has made a finding of guilt (which finding is even appealable to the Court of Appeal). Even after finding a person such as the CJN guilty of a contravention against the Code of Conduct the Constitution strictly lists the punishments it can impose on the guilty party (subject to his right of appeal) and the listed punishments do not include suspension or recommendation for suspension. It is putting the cart before the horse, and a violation of the rights of the accused to a fair trial, to suspend him from office while he is undergoing trial before your court when you are not his employer who has initiated disciplinary proceedings against him.

“The suspension of the CJN by the president under whatever guise constitutes a constitutional infringement of the principle of separation of powers and a usurpation of the disciplinary powers of the NJC enshrined in the Constitution. The power of removal granted under the constitution not being an absolute power but one predicated on specified conditions and requiring the participation of other actors alongside the President, does not include the power to unilaterally suspend which is under of the disciplinary powers of the NJC. 

“As we have always maintained the decision in the Nganjiwa case, in blurring the delicate lines between disciplinary and penal proceedings may have unwittingly contributed to the desperation that led to this monumental blunder in suggesting to the minds of those ignorant of the workings of the law, that the judiciary was hell-bent on protecting its corrupt members and shielding them from the reach of the law. While the current blunder is inexcusable, we can feel the reverberating effect of the Nganjiwa case in the spate of court orders and applications that has trailed this particular case and finally culminated in this desperate measure whether well motivated or ill motivated. In the final analysis, this ill-advised move has rendered nugatory whatever credibility there seemed to be in the initial revelation of undeclared asset by the CJN and transformed the case into one of ill-advised abuse of power. Two wrongs do not make a right.”

Breaking News:US ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Onnoghen’s ‘Unconstitutional’ Suspension

The United States Embassy has expressed “deep concern” over the suspension of Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

This was contained in a statement issued on Saturday.

President Muhammadu Buhari had suspended Onnoghen on Friday, and Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed was sworn in as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

Onnoghen is standing trial over allegations of fraudulent declaration of assets.

The US Embassy questioned Buhari’s decision to suspend Onnoghen, without recourse to legislative arm of government.

The statement read: “The Embassy of the United States is deeply concerned by the impact of the executive branch’s decision to suspend and replace the Chief Justice and head of the judicial branch without the support of the legislative branch on the eve of national and state elections.

“We note widespread Nigerian criticism that this decision is unconstitutional and that it undermines the independence of the judicial branch. That undercuts the stated determination of government, candidates, and political party leaders to ensure that the elections proceed in a way that is free, fair, transparent, and peaceful — leading to a credible result.

“We urge that the issues raised by this decision be resolved swiftly and peacefully in accordance with due process, full respect for the rule of law, and the spirit of the Constitution of Nigeria. Such action is needed urgently now to ensure that this decision does not cast a pall over the electoral process.”

RITUALS HAVE DEPLOYED NEW TECHNIC OF OPERATIONS IN ANAMBRA STATE-Hon Princess Bibiana Nwankwo

Our attentions has been drawn to the activities of fraudsters/rituals in Anambra state and it’s environs .

According to a young lady (Name withheld) a young man walked into her shop one hot afternoon in Awka the State capital and told her that the government of Anambra state was sharing mosquito nets and they where asked to go round the whole state and get the actual no of people in the state so to enable the government know the quantity of nets to be made available for distribution .
According to her, the man asked for a sheet of paper and a pen,he inscribed somethings on it, signed his signature and handed the paper over to her with instruction that she presents it to his colleagues when they get to her shop and two nets will be given to her..

Just about then he grabbed her hand brought out syringe and attempted to take her blood sample. She quickly withdraw her hand from him and asked him why she would need a blood sample before she could pick a net and he said the government wants a random check of individuals in Anambra state to know who is sick and that the result will come along with the net.
She refused, saying she just got tested . After serious arguments the man got angry and went away.

By this post I want to notify the general public that the government of Anambra state does not share mosquito net street by street, rather nets are distributed in health centre at a designated time and proper announcements are made using local town criers to notify the community.

Please share this post widely to warn others and please when such individuals is spotted anywhere around the state, hold them and report to the necessary authorities or hand over them over to the police.
Gwazikwa ndi yadi gi.

Hon Princess Bibiana Nwankwo
SA community
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