- An appeal by CJN Onnoghen, seeking to stop his pending CCT trial has been declined by the court
- The court's three-member panel chaired by Justice Abdul Aboki ruled that no form of order could be made at this stage
- The embattled chief justice of Nigeria is facing corruption charges following a petition accusing him of asset declaration offence
Justice Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria, has approached the Court of Appeal, seeking an order to stop the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) from proceeding with his trial.
Onnoghen approached the court via his counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), on Monday, January 21, The Guardian reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Onnoghen is seeking an oral order stopping the CCT from proceeding with the trial.
Awomolo said the order became necessary in order to preserve the subject matter of the case at the CCT.
However, the request was declined by the three-member panel chaired by Justice Abdul Aboki. The panel ruled that no form of order could be made at this stage.
The court said: “We are of the view that no form of order shall be made at this stage pending hearing of motion on notice.”
The matter was subsequently adjourned till Thursday, January 24.
The counsel to the federal government, Emmanuel Omonuwa, had earlier in the day, demanded three days within which to reply to the motion on notice filed by the CJN.
He said he appeared in court out of respect, even though he had only been served the process on Monday morning.
The federal government is prosecuting the CJN on alleged false assets declaration.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government filed a motion at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) seeking the removal of Walter Onnoghen as the chief justice of Nigeria.
The motion was filed by Musa Ibrahim and Fatima Danjuma Ali on behalf of the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami.
The move, according to the government, was aimed at ensuring that Onnoghen is not a judge in his case and that the next in line of seniority, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, becomes the acting CJN pending the determination of the substantive suit.
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