Onnoghen's Trial At CCT To Hold February 4
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) will commence trial of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, on February 4.
Justice Onnoghen is facing trial for alleged non-declaration of asset.
A statement on Thursday by the spokesman for the Tribunal, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, said the decision to begin the trial again was reached after a Court of Appeal's ruling of Wednesday on the trial of the Chief Justice.
"Following the Court of Appeal's ruling yesterday (January 31) on the trial against Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Onnoghen Nkanu Walter, on alleged non declaration of asset before Code of Conduct Tribunal is hereby fixed for Monday, 4th of February, 2019.
"The decision was reached today sequel to a correspondent from Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), applying for the resumption of trial of the case captioned; Application for resumption of trial of the case of FRN V. Hon. Justice Onnoghen Nkanu Walter Samuel case No: CCT/ABJ/01/19, addressed to Hon. Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal, dated 30th January, 2019, jointly signed by Musa Ibrahim Usman (Esq) and Fatima Danjuma Ali (Esq)," the Tribunal's statement read.
According to the Tribunal the request of the CCB read: “The above subject refers. This case came up for hearing of preliminary objection to the jurisdiction of the Tribunal on the 28th of January, 2019 but the Tribunal could not proceed due to the tendency of the case at the Court of Appeal.
“However, in the wake of this afternoon, 30th January, 2019 the Court of Appeal has thrown out the appeal.
“Consequently on the above, we urge the Honourable Tribunal to give us a date for resumption of the trial subject to the convenience of the Tribunal, Most obliged my Lord".
The Court of Appeal in Abuja had in its ruling dismissed a suit filed by the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, seeking a stay on the execution of his on-going trial at the CCT.
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