The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, finally showed up before the Code of Conduct Tribinal (CCT) on Friday where he pleaded not guilty to six charges of false asset declaration brought against him by the Nigerian government. His appearance comes only two days after the tribunal judge, Danladi Umar, issued an arrest warrant against him owing to his failure to appear and make a plea.
The case was first brought before the teibunal exactly a month ago, on January 14th.
What happened at the tribunal: Onnoghen pleased not guilty, after which his lawyer, Chris Uche, requested for his bail. Umar immediately granted the bail to the Chief Justice on self recognizance. Afterwards the defence counsel asked for an adjournment which was granted to March 11th.
Standing Justice: Throughout the Court’s proceedings, Onnoghen refused to sit in a chair provided for him, despite being asked to by Umar.
Onnoghen had been contesting the powers of the tribunal to hear the case but he eventually succumbed to the pressure on Friday. Recall that the CJN was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari shortly after the case was filed in a move which violated the constitution.