Justice Onnoghen: South-south governors issue communique.

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEETING OF THE SOUTH SOUTH GOVERNORS’ FORUM HELD IN ABUJA ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019.

We note that the attempt to drag the CJN to the CCT is also a grave and dangerous escalation of the assault on institutions of state including the National Assembly and the judiciary

Therefore, we consider this step, which is directly aimed at humiliating the nation’s highest judicial officer and a prominent son of the region, as totally unacceptable as it is reflective of the South South story of endless marginalization and intimidation. The unceremonious removal of former Acting Director General of the Department of State Service, Mathew Seiyefa and his replacement is still very fresh.

We note that the unfortunate action against the CJN further reinforces the perception that the Buhari administration has no regard for the sentiments of Nigerians, in particular the people of Niger Delta, and the rule of law

It is a fact that this administration has a penchant for flagrant disobedience of and disregard for legitimate and valid court orders.

Dated this day January 13, 2019

Signed

Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State

HE Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State

HE, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade, Governor of Cross River State

HE Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Akwa Ibom State

HE Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State.

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