JUST IN: CCT Adjourns Onnoghen’s Trial Till February 13
Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal , Danladi Umar has directed the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen to appear before the tribunal in person before any further businesses could be conducted in the case pending against him.
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has fixed February 13 to resume hearing in the case of alleged non asset declaration against Justice Walter Onnoghen, suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN).
The Chairman of the tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar directed Justice Onnoghen to appear before the tribunal in person on that day before any further businesses could be conducted in the case pending against him.
Umar during Monday's resumption of the trial accused Adeboyega Awomolo, counsel to Onnoghen of applying delay tactics to stall proceedings.
He said: “Under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), a defendant, who is served with a charge and represented by lawyers, must take his plea before raising any objection.
“The defendant has continued to stay away from this tribunal. I am going to grant this adjournment at the instance of the prosecution and defence, but must state that the defendant must attend court at the next adjourned date so that all the issues would be resolved in his presence.”
Awomolo had applied for an adjournment till Thursday because of a petition submitted to the National Judicial Council (NJC) against his client.
The lawyer said the NJC would meet on Wednesday on the petition, the tribunal should adjourn so that it “it does not result in double jeopardy.”
Aliyu Umar, counsel to the federal government, agreed to the adjournment but the CCT chairman said since the matter has been slated for hearing both lawyers “must” move their applications already pending before the court.
“That [petition against Onnoghen at NJC] has nothing to do with the tribunal,” the CCT chairman said.
“Why are you using delay tactics?”
At the point, Awomolo was visibly angry. He said in his over 40 years at the bar, he has never done such.
The FG counsel intervened and asked that the tribunal grant Awomolo's request .