Former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen on Friday attributed his removal from the coveted judicial office in 2019 to the allegation that he was politically romancing the then candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
Recall that Onnoghen was unceremoniously removed from office by the Federal Government in the run up to the general election.
The ex-CJN broke his silence on his controversial sack in Abuja at the unveiling of a book “Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure), Rules, 2009, Practice, Procedure, Forms and Precedents,” written by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief James Onoja.
He said it was politically motivated based on his alleged meeting with former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar in Dubai, adding that the rumour was thick and spread fast, but he decided not to react to it because there was nothing of such, adding that it was a sad occurrence in the history of the country’s judiciary.
According to him, “To say the least, the period of my ordeal was the darkest era in the history of the Nigerian judiciary
“As I have severally said, judicial officers must be courageous. And I want to beg all serving judicial officers not to be discouraged by what happened to me in the hand of the executive arm of the government.”