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Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen to step down to protect the institution he represents.
el-Rufai argued that in law, forgetting to fill the Assets Declaration Form cannot be an excuse.
The Governor stated this yesterday while featuring on Sunrise Programme of Channels TV, which was monitored by our correspondent.
He said “all the arguments being made that the allegations against the CJN should first go to the National Judicial Council (NJC) were wrong.”
“The admission that I did not declare my assets, that infraction alone, is enough for him to step down and protect the institution. All these court orders and lawyers are not helping the judiciary or the legal practice and are not helping Nigeria.”
He also said, “The man has admitted that “I did not declare my asset, I forgot”. If the matter was simply that the Code of Conduct Bureau has made an allegation and filed charges in the tribunal, I will presume innocence, but I have seen a written statement by the Chief Justice saying that “…yes I have these accounts, yes I did not declare them, but I forgot”. Forgetting is not a defense in law.