“CJN Walter Onnoghen Didn’t Resign, He Retired” – Awomolo

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Adegboyega Awomolo, the lawyer to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has revealed that Onnoghen didn’t resign but rather notified President Muhammadu Buhari of his retirement.

Awomolo who is the lead counsel to Mr Onnoghen in his false assets declaration trial, spoke in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES late on Friday.

Mr Awomolo said Mr Onnoghen’s decision is a retirement and not a resignation from office.

He said Mr Onnoghen sent his notice of retirement to President Muhammadu Buhari in line with constitutional provisions.

What he has done is to send his notice of retirement to the President. And he has done so, in accordance with the provisions of the constitution.

His position from day one has been that it is only the NJC that can discipline him. Now that the NJC has spoken, out of respect for the NJC and the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Nigerian Judiciary, he sent his letter of retirement, not resignation. He never resigned.

“All he has done is to send a letter to the president, saying thank you. I have served this country for about 32 years. I want to retire. That’s all he has done,” Mr Awomolo said.

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