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…The United Nations (UN) says the Nigerian government erred in the suspension of Walter Onnoghen
…The UN claims that the federal government went against the international human rights standard with its action
…The international body says some judges and lawyers opposing the suspension are being threatened The United Nations (UN) has berated the Nigerian government stating that the suspension of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen as the head of the judiciary by President Muhammadu Buhari breaches international human rights standard. Aljazeera quoted Diego Garcia-Sayan, the UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, on Monday, February 11, as saying: “International human rights standards provide that judges may be dismissed only on serious grounds of misconduct or incompetence.
“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.” The report said Diego Garcia-Sayan, mandated by the UN human rights council to investigate legal and judicial independence, lamented that sending judges packing without following the due process is an abuse of the independence of the judiciary. The UN alleged that some of the judges and the
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