The British High Commission has indicated serious concern over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
A statement by the mission on Saturday said it noticed a wide range of credible and independent voices, including in the Nigerian legal profession plus civil society, who have expressed concern over the constitutionality of the executive branch’ h suspension of the chief officer of the judiciary.
“ We regard Nigeria’ s sovereign authority and its right to adjudicate on constitutional provisions yet as friends of the Nigerian people, we are compelled to observe that the timing of the action, so close to national elections, gives cause for concern, ” the particular statement read.
“ It risks affecting both domestic plus international perceptions on the credibility of the forthcoming elections. We, along with other members from the international community, are following developments closely.
“ We motivate all actors to maintain calm and address the concerns raised by this particular development through due process, demonstrating their commitment to respecting the cosmetic and the impartial administration of the rule of law.
“ We all further urge them to take steps to ensure that elections take place in an environment conducive to a free of charge, fair and peaceful process. ”
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