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Onnoghen suspension: NBA calls on lawyers to boycott courts nationwide
THE Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has directed its members to embark on a two-day boycott of the courts to protest the suspension of Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen.
The NBA adopted the resolution at its emergency National Executive Council meeting held on Monday.
“The Nigerian Bar Association rising from her NEC meeting has decided to embark on a two-day warning boycott of courts all over Nigeria over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria by President Buhari,” according to a press statement.
The two-day boycott will commence on Tuesday and continues through Wednesday which according to association should serve as a warning to the federal government.
Onnoghen is facing trial on an alleged non-declaration of assets at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.
He was suspended from office by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday based on a controversial ex – parte order by the CCT.
The president implemented the CCT order despite the Court of Appeal ordering the tribunal to halt the trial of the chief justice.
Onnoghen’s suspension has generated mixed feelings from Nigerians, with the majority describing the move as an illegal action and a coup against the judiciary by the executive.