Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen

Abuja’s Court of Appeal sitting has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, seeking a stay¬†of execution on his current trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

The court in its ruling on Wednesday said the charges against Walter Onnoghen are criminal offences and insists he must face the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, to vindicate himself of the allegations levelled against him by the Federal Government.

Onnoghen had approached the court yesterday with an argument that the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, had no jurisdiction to rule over his case.

The Federal Government is prosecuting Justice Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, for falsely declaring his assets two years after assuming office. He was suspended from office by the President on the 25th of January and the most senior Judge in the Supreme Court, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad Tanko was appointed acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

 

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