150 SANs to defend Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen at CCT
150 SANs will be defending the Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen, who will be appearing before the Danladi Yakubu led-Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Monday.
Constitutional lawyer, Sebastine Hon (SAN), who described the six-count criminal charge against the CJN as “a deliberate attempt to gag the judiciary”, told Daily Trust that the number of eminent lawyers that have volunteered to defend the CJN might even be more than 150.
Sebastine who told the Chief Justice of Nigeria not to heed to what he termed as an “unholy call” for him to step aside, said;
“While I know that the Chief Justice of Nigeria does not enjoy immunity from criminal prosecution, I see this move by the Federal Government as dangerously political and tendentious,” he said.
“Suddenly, we woke to see a petition leaked to the informal or social media, allegedly received by the Code of Conduct on 9th January, 2019.
“Suddenly, we are told charges have been filed against the CJN. Suddenly the Presidency is reportedly asking him to step aside! Was he interrogated or interviewed and his own reactions obtained?”