The Nigerian bar association has condemned the planned arraignment of the chief justice of Nigeria, justice ealter Onnoghen on charges of non-declaration of assets.
In a press statement issued by the president of the association, Paul Usoro said if necessary step is not taking, it will be one of the most draconian breaches of the Constitution in Nigerian .
Lamenting on separation of power Usoro says he wounder why the federal government choose to deviate from the laid down and explicit provisions of the law.
The fidelity which judicial officers owe to the Constitution and the Law pursuant to Rule 3 of the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers encompasses compliance with the provisions relating to assets declarations as contained in the Constitution and the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.
And any infraction in that regard by a judicial officer, as the Court of Appeal rightly held in the case of Nganjiwa against Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2017 constitutes a misconduct
Usoro however emphasised that the current assault on the judiciary is taking place only weeks to the 2019 National Election? Apart from the conduct itself being wrongful and deplorable, its timing is condemnable.
The association therefore urge restraint on the part of Government and demand that the CCB follow due process in proceeding against the CJN by complying with judicial precedent.