JUST IN: President Buhari Extends Tanko Muhammad’s tenure as CJN

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the appointment of Tanko Muhammad as the acting chief justice of Nigeria by another three months. Mr Buhari sent the recommendation to the National Judicial Council and the supervisory body approved the appointment on Thursday, a spokesperson for the NJC, Soji Oye, said in a statement on Saturday. Mr Muhammad was first appointed in January after the president controversially suspended Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen who was accused of false declaration of asset.   Mr Onnoghen was convicted on Thursday by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, and was barred from holding public office [Read]

BREAKING: Onnoghen Rejects CCT’s Judgement, Heads to Appeal Court

Justice Walter Onnoghen has rejected the judgement of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) which convicted him of six counts of false declaration of assets preferred against him by the Federal Government. Shortly after the judgement delivered on Thursday, the judge filed a notice of appeal at the Court of Appeal in Abuja to challenge the ruling of the Tribunal. In the notice, a copy of which was sent to Channels Television, the “Federal Government of Nigeria” was listed as the only respondent. Part of it read, “Take notice that the appellant herein, Justice Onnoghen Nkanu Walter Samuel being dissatisfied with the rulings/judgement of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Coram Danladi [Read]

JUST IN: Onnoghen Convicted, Banned From Holding Public Office For 10yrs, Forfeites Properties to FG [READ MORE]

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has convicted the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen and has banned him from holding any public office for the next 10 years. He was convicted on a six-count charge of false declaration of assets. Chairman of the CCT, Danladi Umar, while delivering the judgment on Thursday, read that Onnoghen will be removed from office as the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB). Mr. Danladi held that the Federal Government had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspended Chief justice breached the Code of Conduct for public officers. The CCT also directed that [Read]

FG closes case against Onnoghen after three witnesses

ABUJA- The Federal Government, on Thursday, closed its case against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, after it produced only three witnesses that testified before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT. Though FG initially expressed its intention to produce a total of six witnesses to substantiate all the allegations it levelled against the embattled CJN, however, shortly after the third witness was discharged, the prosecution counsel told the tribunal that it would be unnecessary to call further witnesses. The prosecution counsel, Mr. Aliyu Umar, SAN, told the tribunal that the defendant was at liberty to summon any of the listed but uncalled witnesses to testify on [Read]

ASSETS: Finally, Onnoghen Reveals How he made his Dollars, Pounds [READ MORE]

  Ahead of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) slated for Monday next week, the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen has clarified that some of the deposits in his Dollar account were a result of forex trading AGRICODE, while other investment returns were from proceeds of his investments into them. Justice Onnoghen’s averrements are contained in the voluntary statement he made at Department of Intelligence Investigation and Monitoring, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Abuja. In the document titled ‘Cautionary Statement Form’ cited by source’s our correspondent, Justice Onnoghen specifically explained that “the deposits made in my US Dollar account No. 87000106250 with STD. [Read]

JUST IN: NJC queries Onnoghen, Tanko Mohammed, Give Them 7 Days To Respond [READ MORE]

  Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that the National Judicial Council (NJC) has queried the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Mohammed, few days after his inauguration at the Presidential Villa by President Muhammadu Buhari. Also queried is the suspended CJN Justice Walter Onnoghen. It was learnt that the two judges were given seven days to respond to the queries. While Onnoghen was queried following the allegations leveled against him on his failure to declare all his assets, as stipulated by law, Mohammed, was told to explain why he allowed himself to be sworn-in by President Buhari without the recommendation of [Read]

Onnoghen: Declare All Your Own Assets Publicly Too, Afenifere Challenges Buhari [READ MORE]

  Amidst public outcry that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onoghen is being politically prosecuted over allegations of not fully declaring his assets, the Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afrinfere, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to fully declare his assets. Noting that Afenifere was compelled to remind President Buhari to make his assets declaration public, the Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, said President Buhari should keep his promise to Nigerians that he would declare his assets. Recalling that Gen. Buhari in 2014 in a document titled, “I pledge to Nigeria” made some promises to Nigeria, Fasoranti, in a letter signed by him, said the president had vowed before the [Read]

Senate Emergency Session: President Buhari Jittery, Planning to bribe APC Senators – Says PDP [READ MORE]

  The PDP alerts of moves by certain agents of the Buhari Presidency to bribe Senators of the APC extraction to protect the embattled President Buhari from imminent parliamentary sanctions for constitutional breaches and gross misconduct. Intelligence available to the PDP shows that this is the reason the jittery Presidency had summoned all APC senators to the Presidential Villa to a clandestine meeting on Monday night, ahead of the Senate’s resumption on Tuesday. The PDP have been informed of how the Buhari Presidency has been unsettled following national and international outcry over his constitutional breaches, particularly the assault on the judiciary in his attempt to forcefully remove the CJN, Justice [Read]

FG, APC Plot Saraki, Dogara’s Arrest Tomorrow – CUPP Alleges [READ MORE]

  NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that a Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was planning to violently take over the leadership of the National Assembly tomorrow. Addressing a press conference on Sunday in Abuja, the Spokesman of the CUPP and National Chairman of the Action Peoples Party (APP), Chief Ikenga Ugochinyere said the Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu who are both of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been marked for arrest Monday night. He said Senators Ahmed Lawan, Godswill Akpabio and Hope Uzodimma, according to the plan, would be announced “factional” Senate President, Deputy Senate [Read]

CJN SUSPENSION: Senior Lawyer Femi Falana Calls for Reversal of Decision, Onnoghen’s Resignation [READ MORE]

Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Human Rights Activist, Femi Falana has faulted both the Federal Government and Justice Walter Onnoghen in the way issues leading to the suspension of the CJN were handled. Falana who was a guest on Channels TV’s Politics Today also faulted the role the judiciary played in the handling of the asset declaration case against the CJN, saying it dragged its feet for too long. According to Falana, the CJN’s admission that he forgot to declare his assets is not tenable and he should have resigned before it got to the stage of suspension. He went ahead to call on the Federal Government to reverse the decision [Read]

ONNOGHEN: Osinbajo cancels appearance on Channels Television [READ MORE]

  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has cancelled his planned appearance on Channels Television. Laolu Akande, a spokesperson for Mr Osinbajo, said in a tweet Sunday afternoon his principal would not be appearing on Channels Television‘s ‘Rubbin’ Minds’ because of campaign exigencies. “Sincere apologies that VP Osinbajo cant make ‘Rubbing Minds’ this afternoon on Channels TV. “Being a live programme, the exigencies of campaign timing make it impossible for VP to appear on show as scheduled today. We’re working with producers to reschedule his participation ASAP,” Mr Akande said. The programmed started at 3:00 p.m. without Mr Osinbajo. Sources close to the administration, however, told PREMIUM TIMES the vice-president was compelled to [Read]

BREAKING: Senate To Reconvene Tuesday For Emergency Session, Debate Onnoghen’s Suspension [READ MORE]

  The Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, NEWS FLAKES NG can authoritatively report. A source in the National Assembly disclosed that the lawmakers would reconvene to discuss the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. The source also confirmed that the National Assembly would hold a leadership meeting on Sunday over the matter. READ ALSO: Onnoghen’s Suspension: Buhari Has Sent A Dangerous Signal to the Entire World – Saraki [READ MORE] The Lawmakers had during Thursday’s plenary adjourned sitting until February 19, after the Presidential and National Assembly elections. But the decision to reconvene next week followed the suspension of Justice Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari on [Read]

Onnoghen’s Suspension: Buhari Has Sent A Dangerous Signal To The Entire World — Saraki [READ MORE]

  Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, is a “coup against democracy”.  In a statement on Friday, the Senate President said the move by President Muhammadu Buhari is an over-reach of the powers in the Executive arm of government. Dr Saraki said Onnoghen’s suspension is a deliberate attempt to endanger Nigeria’s hard-won democracy. Saraki said President Buhari’s action undermines the Nation’s judiciary, adding that it subverts the constitution, intimidates judges of all the courts of record, and creates uncertainty in the electoral process. The legislator said Buhari has initiated a process the consequence of which no one can [Read]

BREAKING: EU, US, Britain concerned at suspension of Nigeria’s top judge, Worry About 2019 Polls [READ MORE]

  Britain, the United States and the European Union have all now expressed concern at Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to suspend the country’s most senior judge. International pressure was growing Saturday on Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari after the EU, the United States and Britain questioned his decision to suspend the country’s top judge. All three statements expressed concern at the timing and manner of the action, coming just weeks before presidential and legislative elections set for February 16. Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen would have ruled on any dispute in the elections. But on Friday Buhari suspended him, pending the resolution of a corruption trial at the Code of Conduct [Read]


  People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council has suspended its presidential campaign in protest of President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen. The PDP Campaign Council further predicated the suspension of its campaign activities in solidarity with Nigerians in our collective rejection of the assault against our democratic order. Describing President Buhari action as a “dangerous and brazen assault on the constitution”, the PDP Campaign Council says in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday night that there is no point in campaigning to contest in an election, whose very basis has been so flagrantly undermined. “The basis for this election is the [Read]