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CCT rules that suspended CJN Onnoghen has a case to answer

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CCT rules that suspended CJN Onnoghen has a case to answer

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has ruled that the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has a case to answer in his ongoing trial over alleged false assets declaration.

Backstory: At the resumed trial in Abuja, the counsels to the Federal Government and Justice Onnoghen argued their positions on the no-case submission.

  • The prosecution had closed its case and Onnoghen was arguing that they had no case which the tribunal has now overruled.

Despite pleas for an adjournment, Chairman of the CCT, Danladi Umar, insisted that Justice Onnoghen must enter his defence on Monday, April 1.

Onnoghen’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, accused the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) of not following its standard procedures in instituting the case against the suspended CJN.

  • Awomolo stated that the highest authorities at the CCB were not consulted before a charge was filed at the CCT.
  • Umar, however, said that the CCB Act cannot override the powers of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, as enshrined in the constitution.

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