CJN Onnoghen finally arrives CCT for trial

The suspend Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has arrived at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for his arraignment over allegations of refusing to declare his assets.

The suspended judge arrived around 9:40 am and has remained inside his vehicle waiting for the proceedings to commence before entering the tribunal.

Mario Reporta understands the suspended Chief Justice came in a convoy of about six vehicles.

Recall that the CCT had on Wednesday ordered the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Security Service to arrest the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Onnoghen was absent again at the Tribunal where he is facing trial over allegations of non-assets declaration.

Delivering a ruling of the three-man tribunal, the Chairman of the CCT, Danladi Umar, ordered the security agencies to produce Onnoghen at the tribunal on Friday.

He dismissed the objection raised to the application for the issuance of the arrest warrant and ordered that “I want to see the defendant in the dock on Friday”.

‎The CCT had made the order following an application by the lead prosecuting counsel, Aliyu Umar (SAN), who said the consistent absence of the CJN from the CCT was a violation of provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

Umar, who anchored his application for Onnothghen’s arrest on section 6(1) of the Practice Direction of the CCT, also opposed the call on the three-man tribunal by the lead defence counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), to hear all pending applications.

Umar maintained that by virtue of section 396(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 no objections could be raised by the defendant until he took his plea.

The prosecuting counsel said Onnoghen having not taken his plea, the objection by him could not be heard.

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