Buhari acted on baseless rumour to sack me, says Onnoghen

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The immediate past Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen said on that Muhammadu Buhari’ decision to remove him office was founded on baseless rumour that he held meeting ex-Vice Abubakar Dubai before the last .

Justice Onnoghen, who spoke on the issue publicly for the first since his removal office 2019, expressed disappointment that despite its huge investigative capacities, the failed to first authenticate the rumour, but chose to act on it all the same.

He said although the rumour was brought to his attention before his removal, he chose not to address it because he never met Dubai and has never encountered the ex-Vice in person all his .

The ex-CJN spoke in Abuja at the public presentation of a book titled: “Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, 2009: Practice, procedure, forms and precedents,” authored by Ogwu James Onoja (SAN).

Onnoghen, who recalled the process leading to his removal, noted that the got to its head when all of a sudden, his before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) was put in motion even when he had not been invited or accused of any wrongdoing.

The ex-CJN, who faulted his process before the CCT, noted that, in the course of the , and when parties had joined , an ex-parte application was suddenly brought in, and “what followed was my illegal and unlawful suspension as the CJN.”