CJN removal: UK expresses concern

CJN removal: UK  expresses concern
January 26 18:15 2019 Print This Article

By Martin Odiete

The United Kingdom (UK), on Saturday, reacted to the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, saying it raises concern on the general elections.

The UK, in a statement by Louise Edwards, 2nd Secretary Political (Niger Delta) and Head of Communications of British High Commission in Nigeria, said it “has heard a wide range of credible and independent voices, including in the Nigerian legal profession and civil society, who have expressed concern over the constitutionality of the executive branch’s suspension of the chief officer of the judiciary.

“We respect Nigeria’s sovereign authority and its right to adjudicate on constitutional provisions but as friends of the Nigerian people, we are compelled to observe that the timing of this action, so close to national elections, gives cause for concern. It risks affecting both domestic and international perceptions on the credibility of the forthcoming elections. We, along with other members of the international community, are following developments closely.

“We encourage all actors to maintain calm and address the concerns raised by this development through due process, demonstrating their commitment to respecting the constitution and the impartial administration of the rule of law. We further urge them to take steps to ensure that elections take place in an environment conducive to a free, fair and peaceful process.”

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