The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSSAN) at its meeting held at the Nigerian Law School, Ahmed Onibudo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos on Saturday 19th January 2019 had a discussion on the trials of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Nkanu-Onnoghen.
Aside the trial of the CJN by Code of Conduct Tribunal certain issues of National importance were discussed and resolutions were made.
In a communique signed by Professor Ben Nwabueze, SAN, and Seyi Sowemimo, SAN on behalf of the BODY OF SENIOR ADVOCATES OF NIGERIA (BOSAN), made available to TheNigerialawyer the body resolved as follows
1. The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria is gravely concerned about the situation that has arisen from the preferment of charges against the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and head of the Nigerian Judiciary before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
2. The Body urges respect for the Constitution, the rule of law, separate of powers, due process and the proper administration of justice.
3. In the prevailing circumstances, all parties are urged to consider the impact of their respective actions on the administration of justice in Nigeria and public confidence in our institutions.
4. The Body recognises that the matter is sub judice (before the CCT and other courts) and it is therefore not appropriate to comment on the merits or otherwise of any of the cases.
5. The Body considers that these issues must be resolved carefully and responsibly in the interest of the legal profession and the nation.
6. The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria continues to endorse the core values of good governance, public integrity and sustenance of democracy in the spirit of the Constitution.