Protesters stormed the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja on Tuesday, January 22, calling for the trial of the chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, to be stopped.
The Code of Conduct Bereau had filed a six-count charge of false assets declaration against Onnoghen, on January 14, Punch reports.
Legit.ng notes that the CCT had fixed January 22 for hearing on the matter.
The protesters held miniature Nigerian flags and banners with various inscriptions as they called for an end to the trial.
Legit.ng previously reported that Justice Walter Onnoghen is absent at the Code of Conduct Tribunal where his trial over a false declaration of asset commenced on Tuesday, January 22.
Proceedings into the matter kicked of as the chairman of the CCT, Danladi Umar, arrived the tribunal in company of two other members presiding over the case.
According to Sumner Sambo, the prosecution team led by Aliyu Umar informed the CCT that the federal government wants Onnoghen to step down as Nigeria's Chief Justice and chairman of National Judicial Council.
Meanwhile Onnoghen approached the Court of Appeal, seeking an order to stop the CCT from proceeding with his trial.
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.
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