Despite the resignation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, there is no rift among the justices on the bench of the nation’s highest court, according to a statement by the Director of Press and Information, Dr. Festus Akande.
Backstory: Akande described the reports of a split in the judiciary as false and baseless.
- “The Supreme Court Justices and the entire management are united, cohesive and indivisible in the quest to move the court to an enviable height.”
- “The Judicial oath taken by all the justices of the court; has already initiated a potent sacred bond to regulate the conducts of their Lordships in the discharge of their judicial functions.”
The court also reassured Nigerians that appointments into the court are not made based on religious or tribal affiliations, and as such, its rulings will not be hinged on any of these sentiments.
Justice Walter Onnoghen who had been on trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over a case based on non-declaration of assets, submitted a letter of resignation to the president recently, in a move that his counsel described as beneficial for the judiciary.