BUHARI IS SETTING A DANGEROUS PRECEDENCE - FALANA


Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has accused the Federal government of acting on sentiments over the prosecution of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The lawyer said the present Muhammadu Buhari administration was setting a “dangerous precedent” which could haunt the Nigerian judicial system.
Falana, who was speaking in Lagos on Tuesday at the 15th Gani Fawehinmi annual lecture, expressed shock that some of the legal issues already settled by the Supreme Court in the case of Saraki vs Federal Government were being reopened in Onnoghen’s case.
Falana who could not hide his fears for the future of Nigerian’s judiciary noted that the speed with which the federal government processed the case against Onnoghen was ridiculous and had not been seen in the last 20 years.
Falana said, “The most dangerous aspect of what is going on now is that our laws are in trouble. Issues that have been settled by the Supreme Court in the Saraki vs FRN case are being reopened now.
“The question of the appearance of the accused, the question of service; it came up in Saraki’s case. Once you are aware, you have been served. But we are opening it afresh.


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