Taiwo-Obalonye, Baro, Niger
The Presidency has described as fake the report of alleged plan to arrest the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen and frame three other Supreme Court Justices.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement accused the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) of peddling false story in order to set the judiciary against the executive and cause major confusion ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
The CUPP had alleged that it had uncovered a plot by the Federal Government to arrest Onnoghen. Ikenga Ugochinyere, the group’s Spokesman, said there was a plan to compel the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Usman, to issue a bench warrant against the CJN and subsequently install Tanko Muhammed as the acting CJN with immediate effect.
But Adesina in the statement said: “We have read with considerable concern and surprise, the fake news of the Presidency’s alleged plan to arrest the Chief Justice of Nigeria and frame three other Supreme Court Justices.
“This false story is being peddled by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) apparently to set the judiciary against the executive and cause major confusion ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
“The story is absolutely false as the Presidency is not in any way involved in plotting against or framing anybody.
“We note that the findings of the Code of Conduct Bureau against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, and the allegations arising from them, are being handled by the courts in the normal way, as is expected in a democratic society like ours. The Presidency has not, and will certainly not, interfere in the process.
“We, however, want to draw the attention of the general public to this or similar false stories, which are ill motivated to further the political interests of their sponsors.
“While the Buhari administration is very firmly committed to the fight against corruption, we want to assure the general public that Government will always pursue its mission with the highest standards of fairness, and in strict conformity with the relevant laws.”