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Buhari accepts Onnoghen’s resignation

President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the resignation of Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria.

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday night.

“President Buhari has accepted the voluntary retirement from service of Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria, effective from May 28, 2019,” the statement read.

“The president thanked Justice Onnoghen for his service to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and wished him the best of retirement life.”

In April, Onnoghen had tendered his resignation a day after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended that he be compulsorily retired for misconduct.

His associates had said that Onnoghen chose the option of resignation as a damage control.

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) had filed false assets declaration charges against the former justice at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Onnoghen was accused of operating foreign accounts which he failed to declare as part of his assets.

He was convicted at the CCT and barred from holding public office for 10 years while the monies in those accounts were confiscated.

But Onnoghen had challenged the verdict of the tribunal at the appeal court. The appellate court, which is yet to deliver its final judgement, had said the CCT breached Onnoghen’s right to fair hearing when it asked Buhari to suspend him.

Before the commencement of his CCT trial, the Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative (ARDI), a civil society group, launched a legal move to remove Onnoghen.

Less than 24 hours after the report, the CCB announced that it had received a petition written against the then CJN. But for the crisis, Onnoghen, who is 68, was due for retirement in 2020.

He was sworn into office on March 7, 2017.

Saraki donates severance allowance to Leah Sharibu, others

President of the 8th Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has donated his severance allowance to the victims of insurgency in the North East among other persons.

The beneficiaries are the families of Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi school girl remaining in the custody of the terrorists group, Boko Haram; Hussaini Ahmed Khoisan and Hauwa Liman, the two humanitarian workers kidnapped and killed by the terrorists.

Also to benefit from the generosity are the children of some late senators of the Eighth Assembly who might need support for the furtherance of their education.

The information are contained in a statement issued by Saraki’s media aide, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu.

Saraki said his decision was based on the need to support the victims as their cases were indeed touching.

According to him, they were some of the major issues debated in the Eighth Senate.

Specifically, Saraki said 20 per cent of the severance allowance should go to the family of Leah Sharibu while 20 per cent should go to the family of Hauwa Liman.

He said another 20 per cent should be given to the family of another aid worker, Hussaini Ahmed Khoisan.

Khoisan was also murdered by the terrorists.

The remaining 40 per cent, he stated, should be used by the National Assembly Management to set up a trust fund to support the education of the children of senators of the eighth assembly who died.

Said he:  “It is my hope that this TRUST FUND should grow with more contributions from my dear colleagues, present, past and future, who may be moved to put in additional money into it.

“The Clerk of the National Assembly will immediately get an official letter from me mandating him to act as stated above on the disbursement of my Severance Allowance.”