A Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday dismissed the motion filed by suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria ()CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, seeking for a stay of proceedings of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

The appellate court ruled that Onnoghen must face the CCT to defend allegations of false asset declaration levelled against him.

The court said the charges filed against the suspended CJN are criminal in nature and the proceedings before the CCT cannot be stopped.

Onnoghen had approached the Court of Appeal, seeking an order to stop the CCT from proceeding with his trial.

He approached the court via his counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), on Monday, January 21.

Onnoghen sought an oral order stopping the CCT from proceeding with the trial.

Awomolo said the order became necessary in order to preserve the subject matter of the case at the CCT.

However, the request was declined by the three-member panel chaired by Justice Abdul Aboki.

The panel ruled that no form of order could be made at this stage.

The court said: “We are of the view that no form of order shall be made at this stage pending hearing of motion on notice.”

Onnoghen has been undergoing trial at the CCT over allegations of the non-declaration of his assets.

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