- The Coalition of United Political Parties has reacted to the ongoing trial of CJN Walter Onnoghen
- The group, at a press briefing, said plans have been perfected by the CCB to issue bench warrant against the CJN
- The group also claimed that upon the CJN arrest, he will be replaced on Tuesday by another top judge
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has raised alarm over an alleged move by the federal government to arrest the chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, who is standing trial at the Justice Umar Danladi-led Code of Conduct Bureau.
In a report available in The Punch, CUPP spokesperson, Imo Ugochinyere, reacting to the ongoing trial of Justice Onnoghen at a media briefing, disclosed that all plans have been perfected by the CCB to issue bench warrant against the CJN, for which he would be arrested.
Legit.ng gather from Ugochinyere's press statement that arrangements have been perfected to immediately name Justice Tanko Muhammed as acting chief justice Nigeria.
Recall that Justice Onnoghen was arraigned at the CCB on Monday, January 14, over allegation that he failed to declare some of his assets as required by the constitution.
His arraignment has boomeranged into controversy as different levels of interpretations are being read into the constitution as regards the trial of the CJN by the federal government.
In the wake of bones of contention and concerns generated by Onnoghen's trial, some lawyers are of the opinion that he can only be tried by the National Judiciary Council (NJC), while some are of the opinion that his trial at CCB is constitutionally recognised by the law.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) had reacted to the ongoing trial of the chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, before the Code Conduct Tribunal (CCT), saying the National Judicial Council (NJC) should not have been involved initially.
Speaking on Onnoghen's trial, the coordinator of media and publication of the civil society organisation, Adegboyega Otunuga, said if a judicial officer commited crimes outside the scope of the performance of his official functions, he might be prosecuted directly without the NJC.
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