Our Instructions Are Not From Buhari [Supreme Court]

The Supreme Court has made it clear that it is an independent arm for government

So it does not take orders from the president (Muhammadu Buhari)
The apex court made this known in a statement signed by
the Director, Information and Press, Dr. Festus Akande who
also denied reports that six of its directors were behind the
exit of former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter
Onnoghen.
The statement reads:
“It is imperative to let the public know that the story is
misleading, ill-informed and obviously calculated to fan the
ember of discord and as well whip up premature
sentiments.
“The Supreme Court of Nigeria is an organised and well-
structured arm of a government that is governed by well-
defined rules and regulations which all staff are expected
to observe and align within their daily operations.
“The Nigerian state, as it is well known, has three arms of
government which evidently make provision for the
Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary. As it is in practice,
these three arms are mutually independent and largely
enjoy the separation of powers; thus for anyone to
insinuate that the executive or the President and
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, is the one
dictating to the Chief Justice of Nigeria on how to run the
affairs of the Supreme Court or the kind of disciplinary
measures to mete out as a form of the internal discipline
of the staff for whatever reason is both false and logically
defective.
“In his capacity as the head of the Nigerian Judiciary and
the Supreme Court in particular, as it was then, Hon
Justice Walter Onnoghen had no cause to seek external
advice or intervention in the discipline of his staff, if such
the occasion had arisen. Similarly, the alleged six directors
or what the publication referred to as “ASCON 6” have no
cause or power whatsoever to plot against Justice
Onnoghen as reported in the publication.
“Let it be noted that the President and Commander-in-Chief
has never interfered or meddled into the internal
administration of the Supreme Court, let alone granting
audience to the six directors with a view to plotting Justice
Onnoghen’s down fall on the grounds that the former Chief
Justice of Nigeria allegedly failed to heed to the
president’s advice of sacking them for the alleged
“massive underhand dealings.”
“As for the Finance and Accounts Department of the Court,
there is no power tussle between three directors, as the
current acting Director, Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim came in from
the National Judicial Institute on secondment for a
specified duration which has not yet elapsed.
“Once again, it is necessary to caution peddlers of
misleading and divisive rumours to always work in tandem
with their conscience before hitting the public domain with
their usual avalanche of falsehood that will end up doing
no one any good. There is no fracture or dislocation in the
internal administrative mechanism of the Supreme Court.
“Evidently, the entire publication is replete with falsehood
and garnished tales, as there is nothing like “anti-
Onnoghen campaign” group among the Honourable
Justices of the Court. This claim could aptly be taken as a
fairy tale that only dwells in the imagination of the author
and his informants. The Supreme Court Justices have no
camps, groups or any form of division in their ranks as
alleged. In reality, they are even more united and cohesive
in the discharge of their judicial functions and service to
their fatherland.”

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