BREAKING: Lawyers shun courts over Onnoghen’s suspension

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has resolved that all its members nationwide will boycott the courts over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.

The boycott is for two days starting from Tuesday, 29 to Wednesday, 30 January 2019) and it is to protest the “constitutional infractions in the suspension of Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria” by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The body reached the decision on Monday at an emergency meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC) held at the NBA Auditorium, NBA House, in Abuja.

Attendance at the NEC meeting was limited only to Statutory NEC members, who are national officers, past presidents, past general secretaries, branch chairmen, branch secretaries, branch NEC representatives and chairmen and secretaries of sections.

As it is, all lawyers are automatic members of the NBA, as such the resolution means all lawyers anywhere in the country will be absent in court for two days.

President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Onnoghen as the CJN on Friday and swore-in Tanko Mohammed in acting capacity, leading to widespread condemnation from home and abroad.