Justice Inyang Ekwo of an Abuja Federal High Court has granted an order of interim injunction restraining President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, from removing the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, from office pending the hearing and determination of the suit filed by Action Peoples Party.
The Justice made the ruling on Monday, January 21. The court adjourned the hearing of the motion on notice to the 29th of January with an order to parties to maintain the status quo ante.
Earlier, the National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja ordered that the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, be served an interim order and hearing notice, in the suit filed by Peter Abang seeking to restrain the CCT from prosecuting the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
In an ex-parte motion brought by Mr Abang on January 14, seeking to suspend further action by parties to the matter, pending the determination of an application challenging the CCT trial.
The court had made an interim order on January 14, for the suspension of the trial pending the determination of the suit challenging the charges of false asset declaration at the CCT and also restraining the CCT chairman, Danladi Umar, Inspector General of Police, Minister of justice Abubakar Malami, Senate president Bukola Saraki, NJC and the Federal Judicial Service Commission, from taking further actions pending the determination of the application.
When the matter came up for hearing, the claimant’s counsel, Mr James Igwe informed the court that originating processes and the interim order had been served on all the defendants in the suit, with the exception of the CCT chairman.
The presiding judge, Justice Sanusi Kado, ordered that the process and the interim order be served on the chairman of the CCT through substituted means by pasting it at the walls of the CCT.
Justice Kado also held that, hearing notice should be served on all parties and that the interim order made on 14th January restraining the CCT from proceeding with the trial against the CJN Walter Onnoghen, still subsist.
The matter has been adjourned to January 30 for the hearing of pending motion and the substantive suit.
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