UN begins investigation into suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria


The suspension of the chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari has been regarded as a breaking of the international human rights standards on the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers, a United Nations expert has said.

A UN special rapporteur, Diego Garcia-Sayan said, “International human rights standards provide that judges may be dismissed only on serious grounds of misconduct or incompetence.

“Any decision to suspend or remove a judge from office should be fair and should be taken by an independent authority such as a judicial council or a court,” he said in a statement.




Read Also:  ICYMI: President Buhari speech over why he suspended Walter Onnoghen

Garcia-Sayan, who is mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate legal and judicial independence, said dismissing judges without following legal procedures or offering a chance to contest the decision was incompatible with the independence of the judiciary.

Check Also

Man steals grandma’s underwear in Ekiti after being promised N2,000

A young man, 21, identified as Efoghae Friday, 21, has confessed to stealing underwear belonging …