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Onnoghen: Senate heads to Court, suspends plan to reconvene

Dr. Bukola Saraki, Senate President

Earlier Monday, the Senate of Nigeria filed a case in the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court, seeking its interpretation on whether President Muhammadu Buhari acted within the provision of the constitution in his suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Hon. Justice Walter Nkannu Onnoghen or whether the action of the President does amount to usurpation of the powers of the Senate as provided for in Section 292 of the constitution.

A statement by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser ( Media and Publicity) to Senate President, which announced the move, said that following the filing of the case, the matter of the suspension of the CJN which is the main issue for which the Senate had planned to reconvene Tuesday, has become subjudiced.
“Therefore, in line with the standing rules of the Senate not to debate issues that are already pending before the court, the reconvening of the Senate Tuesday has been put off. The previous adjournment of the Senate till February 19, 2019 stays,” the statement concluded.

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