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Onnoghen’s suspension is a coup against democracy, Says Senate President

The 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” adding that President Muhammadu Buhari has triggered a constitutional crisis with the move.

In a statement on Friday, the Senate President said the Buhari’s decision is an over-reach of the powers in the Executive arm of government.

Dr Saraki insisted that Onnoghen’s suspension is a deliberate attempt to endanger Nigeria’s hard-won democracy.

Saraki further 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 predict. “He has triggered a Constitutional crisis,” Saraki said.

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