Ignore Summon From CCB, South - South Governors Tell CJN - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, January 13, 2019

Ignore Summon From CCB, South - South Governors Tell CJN


The South-South Governors Forum has advised the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, to ignore the court summon at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) from the Code of Conduct Bureau(CCB).

Onnoghen is to be arraigned today, Monday, before  CCT on allegations of false and non-assets declarations.
But the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Bayelsa, Mr Seriake Dickson, who reads the Communique after the meeting of the South - South governors at Bayelsa Governor’s lodge on Sunday in Abuja, said the summon is an “assault on the CJN and the judiciary.”

In attendance at the meeting were Governors Nyesom  Wike of Rivers,  Emmanuel  Odom of Akwa-Ibom, Prof.  Ben Ayade of Cross-River and  Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.

Dickson urged Buhari to defend the nation's  democracy and take steps to stop and condemn what could constitute national embarrassment.
He expressed worry that no democracy could survive without respect for the constitution, strict adherence to the rule of law, and separation of powers as enshrined in the constitution.

Citing  Section 158(1) of the 1999 Constitution, Dickson said  the National Judicial Council (NJC), is vested with  powers to handle matters pertaining to allegations of misconduct and discipline of Judicial officers.

“Specifically, the NJC has the powers and clear procedures for investigating allegations, and recommending appropriate sanctions or disciplinary measures against judicial officials as a matter of first instance before any further steps.

“The judicial pronouncements in the cases of FGN Vs Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court (January 9, 2018) and Justice Ngajinwa Vs FGN 2017 at the CCT have given validation to the express provisions of the constitution on this issue.

“We note that the attempt to drag the CJN to the CCT is also a grave and dangerous escalation of the assault on institutions of state including the National Assembly and the judiciary.

“We strongly believe that the regrettable development at the Supreme Court at this critical time, when preparations for the general elections are wobbling (with serious concern about INEC and security agencies) is capable of causing avoidable anxiety, tension and possible breakdown of law and order in the country.

“We note further that the action undermines confidence not only in the judiciary but also the electoral process that has already commenced, in view of the pivotal role that the judiciary plays in the process of electoral adjudication.

“Based on the foregoing, we hereby call on the President  to condemn without any equivocation, this assault on the CJN and the judiciary especially coming after similar assaults on the National Assembly, to save the country from this embarrassment and global contempt.

“We call on the CJN to ignore this so-called Court summon from the CCB and the provocative call for his resignation in some quarters.

“While we are not opposed to a genuine fight against corruption, such an action must always be anchored on the rule of law.

“This is totally unacceptable as it is reflective of the South South story of endless marginalization and intimidation," he said.

According to Dickson, “the unceremonious removal of former Acting Director General of the Department of State Service, Mathew Seiyefa and his replacement was still very fresh."

Jane Okafor, Abuja with Agency report - (NAN)

No comments:

Post a Comment