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Senate Heads to S/Court, over suspended CJN

The Senate has filed a case in the Supreme Court, seeking 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.

The case file also seeks to know 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.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the matter of the suspension of the CJN which is the main issue for which the senate had planned to reconvene tomorrow, 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 on Tuesday has been put off.

It says that the previous adjournment of the Senate till February 19, 2019 stays.

Meanwhile the APC caucus in the National Assembly has dissociated itself from the case filed at the Supreme court.

According to a counter release by the leader of the APC caucus, Senator Ahmed Lawal,  there was never a time that the Senate met to take such a decision.

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