President Muhammadu Buhari has just sworn in a new Chief Justice of Nigeria after suspending current CJN, Walter Onnoghen.
The new CJN is Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed, a Sharia Law Judge is from Bauchi state who is the next in line after Mr Onnoghen.
He was sworn in by Mr Buhari Friday afternoon inside the council chamber of State House Presidential villa Abuja.
The swearing was done after the president signed the new Executive Order 007.
Two Federal High courts and the industrial court has given an order to federal government and all government agencies to maintain statusquo against the suit file by the federal government against the CJN over alleged non declaration of assets.
It is not clear whether justice Onnonghen will give way to the unconditional and unceremonious way he is been ask to vacate office by the Buhari led administration.
According to Abdul Mahmoud: “the suspension of CJN Onnoghen and the appointment of Tanko Mohammed as Ag CJN is unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional.”
“President Buhari has no powers to suspend the CJN except by an address to the Senate supported by 2/3 members of that chamber as stated in Section 292 of the Constitution 1999.
“This is not a military dictatorship, ours is a constitutional democracy that does not admit of this insouciant and reckless behaviour of a President who never contributed to the enthronement of democracy in our country in 1999,” he said.