Nigeria

Reaction to shock suspension of Nigeria's Chief Justice

International and local outrage has followed the shock suspension of Nigeria’s chief justice, Walter Onnoghen, by the country’s president, Muhammadu Buhari on January 25, 2019.

Lawyers across Nigeria held a two-day protest against what they termed the “illegal suspension” of the CJ, boycotting the courts for the duration of the demonstration. The protest was called for by the Nigerian Bar Association following a national emergency meeting called to consider the suspension, and it was widely observed.

Nigerian flags at half-mast over death of former chief justice

Retired Chief Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi attended university in Nigeria and in the UK. Called to the bar in the mid-1960s, he served as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Niger State before joining the judiciary.

After an illustrious career on the bench, he retired in 2009 having served as Nigeria’s 10th chief justice from 2007 to 2009. He later returned to the bench as an acting high court judge until shortly before his death.

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