- Itse Sagay declared that Justice Walter Onnoghen’s trial shows that nobody is above the law
- Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria, was accused of failing to declare some of his assets while declaring them at the Code of Conduct Bureau
- Sagay said case showed that Nigeria is gradually becoming a nation operating under the rule of law
The chairman, presidential advisory committee against corruption, Itse Sagay (SAN), has spoken about the prosecution of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen by the federal government.
A six-count criminal charge was raised against Onnoghen over his alleged refusal to declare his assets. Channel TV reports that Sagay who declared that CJN’s trial is a proof that one is above the law.
Senior lawye who maintained that the development is saddening declared that the case showed that Nigeria was gradually becoming a nation operating under the rule of law.
According to him, “This is a major development which establishes the fact that Nigeria is operating the rule of law at the highest level. Because the rule of law has many arms but one of them is that the law reigns supreme over any action in the country and secondly; nobody is above the law.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported Walter Samuel, the Chief Justice of Nigeria refuted claims that he was served summons to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to face trial over alleged false asset declaration.
The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) filed a six-count charge against the CJN over alleged failure to declare his asset upon assumption of office as provided in Section 15 (1) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act C15, punishable under Section 23 (2) (a) (b) and (c) of the same Act.
During the hearing on Monday, the CJN who was represented by about 25 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) and over 50 other lawyers, said he was not served in person as demanded by the constitution.
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