The presidency has denied allegations that it is planning to arrest the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) levelled the allegation at a press conference at the weekend, adding that the Federal Government also plans to frame up three other Supreme Court Justices.
In a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the presidency described CUPP’s allegation as an attempt “to set the judiciary against the executive and cause major confusion ahead of the forthcoming general elections.”
“The story is absolutely false as the Presidency is not in any way involved in plotting against or framing anybody,” it added.
The statement continues: “We note that the findings of the Code of Conduct Bureau against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, and the allegations arising from them, are being handled by the courts in the normal way, as is expected in a democratic society like ours. The Presidency has not, and will certainly not, interfere in the process.
“We, however, want to draw the attention of the general public to this or similar false stories, which are ill motivated to further the political interests of their sponsors.
“While the Buhari administration is very firmly committed to the fight against corruption, we want to assure the general public that Government will always pursue its mission with the highest standards of fairness, and in strict conformity with the relevant laws.
Meanwhile, the body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) has urged parties in the matter to “consider the impact of their respective actions on the administration of justice in Nigeria and public confidence in our institutions.”
In a communique issued after its meeting held on Saturday, the body stated that the Constitution, the rule of law, separation of powers, due process and the proper administration of justice, must all be upheld.
See copy of the communique below: