Justice Walter Onnoghen has spoken on why President Muhammadu Buhari sacked him.
Onnoghen said President Buhari sacked him based on a mere and unconfirmed rumor News Mail Nigeria reports.
He said he was sacked because of a baseless rumor that he held a meeting with Ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar in Dubai.
He expressed his disappointment with Buhari’s failure to confirm the rumor before sacking him.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria shared his feeling at the public presentation of a book titled: “Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, 2009: Practice, procedure, forms and precedents,” authored by Ogwu James Onoja (SAN).
The Nation reported that Onnoghen who recalled the process leading to his removal, noted that the situation got to its head when all of a sudden his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) was put in motion even when he had not been invited or accused of any wrongdoing.
He condemned his trial process before the CCT, and further stated that in the course of the trial and when parties had joined issues, an ex-parte application was suddenly brought in and “what followed was my illegal and unlawful suspension as the CJN.”