The body said the suspension broke the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers.
“International human rights standards provide that judges may be dismissed only on serious grounds of misconduct or incompetence,” said Diego Garcia-Sayan, the UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, on Monday.
“Any decision to suspend or remove a judge from office should be fair and should be taken by an independent authority such as a judicial council or a court,” he said in a statement.
Garcia-Sayan, who is mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate legal and judicial independence, said dismissing judges without following legal procedures or offering a chance to contest the decision was incompatible with the independence of the judiciary.
Buhari suspended Walter Onnoghen on January 25 following an order by a tribunal on public officials’ conduct and replaced him with Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad.
But four courts superior to the tribunal had already ordered a stay of proceedings and the tribunal had previously said it lacked jurisdiction over cases involving judicial officers, Garcia-Sayan said.
The UN statement said some of the judges and the defence lawyers involved in Onnoghen’s case had been subject to serious threats, pressures and interference.
Meanwhile, the National Judical Council, NJC, on Monday issued a fresh query to Onnoghen.
The body also set up a preliminary complaints assessment committee to review the responses given to it by Onnoghen, and the Acting CJN, Muhammad.
Atiku attends PDP NEC meeting over Elections, Buhari
The special National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has started its emergency meeting to make a review of the postponement of the 2019 elections by the Independent National Electoarl Commission (INEC).
In attendance at the meeting, holding at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, and presided over by the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, are the party’s leaders, including Atiku Abubakar, its presidential candidate, and Bukola Saraki, the Senate President.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) held a similar meeting on Monday, during which President Muhammadu Buhari controversially said: “So I’m going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch boxes or to disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life.”
Buhari’s expense-of-your-life comment is one of the leading agenda at the NEC meeting.
2019: Atiku has conceded defeat to Buhari before elections on Sartuday – Oshiomhole
Oshiomhole said this while reacting to Atiku’s claim that two geopolitical zones, South South and South East were his strongholds.
Reacting to Atiku’s claim, Oshiomhole said the former Vice President has unwittingly revealed that he has lost out in four out of the six geopolitical zones in the country.
According to Tribune, Oshiomhole said: “PDP has conceded defeat, Atiku claimed to have control of South south. That isn’t true. I come from Edo state and it is under the control of APC. By saying he has 2 out of 6 zones, it means he has lost.
“Atiku knows he can’t win. In 2015, he lost his ward, he procured his senatorial zone for Senator Jubril Aminu, he did same for Senator Jonathan Zwingina! Let him deny it, I am ready to meet him in court.
“Atiku is afraid of defeat, we are ready for the election and by Saturday Atiku would remain a permanent candidate that he has always been. ”
Kalaman Buhari a kan satar kuri’a ta tayar da kura
‘Yan Najeriya na ci gaba da yin muhawara a game da gargadin da shugaban kasar ya yi cewa duk dan siyasar da ya yi yunkurin satar kuri`a a manya zabukan kasar da ke tafe, to ya yi ne a bakin ransa.
Tuni dai babbar jam’iyyar adawa ta PDP ta soki wadannan kalaman na shugaban kasar a cikin wata sanarwa da ta fitar.
PDP ta ce tana fatan wannan kiran da shugaban ya yi ba wata makarkashiya ba ce ta bai wa wadanda ta kira sojojin bogi da jam’iyyar ta tattara damar harbe ‘yan Najeriya su kuma kwace akwatunan zabe su yi aringizon kuri’u a ranar zaben.
Abdullahi Umar, wani dan Najeriya ne da ke cewa shi a ra’ayinsa tun da Najeriya kasa ce da dokoki ya kamata a bi doka wajen yanke hukunci a kan kowanne irin laifi.
Abdullahi ya ce yin karan tsaye da tsallake abin da kundin tsarin mulki ya tanadar ka iya jefa rayukan ‘yan kasa cikin hadari kasancewa ba a taru an zama daya ba.
Shi ma ana sa ra’ayin Ahmed Usman, ya ce wannan ra’ayi ne irin na shugaban kasa domin akwai hanyoyi da dama da za a iya bi wajen dakile satar kuri’a ba sai ta hanyar harbi ko barazana ga rai ba.
Sai dai kwamitin kamfe na Shugaba Buhari a ta bakin Honourable Faruk Adamu Aliyu, ya ce an yi wa kalaman shugaban mummunar fahimta.
A ranar 16 ga watan Fabrairun 2019 ne hukumar zaben Najeriya ta dage babban zabenta sa’o’i kalilan kafin fara zaben.
Hakan ya jawo ce-ce-ku-ce daga wasu daga cikin ‘yan kasar da ma jam’iyyun siyasa bisa dage wannan zabe sa’oi kadan kafin a fara gudanar da shi.
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