- Walter Onnoghen has asked the CCT chairman, Danladi Umar, to step down from his trial
- Onnoghen accused the CCT chairman of being biased and filed a motion asking him to disqualify himself from the trial
- Umar is allegedly facing a bribery charge filed against him by the EFCC
The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, has accused the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, of being biased and asked him to disqualify himself from his false asset declaration case.
Onnoghen, in a motion filed in the registry of the CCT, said Umar, who is allegedly facing a bribery charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, could convict him as a plea bargain.
The Guardian reports that Onnoghen, through his lawyers said the CCT chairman signed an exparte order directing him, an “unconvicted man to step aside as CJN on account of a charge not yet before him, which is in itself, a conviction prior to arraignment and plea/trial.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigerian Senate has discontinued a case it filed at the Supreme Court challenging the suspension of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen.
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Yusuph Olaniyonu, the media aide to the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, in a statement on Monday, February 4, said the decision follows the intervention of the NJC on the issue.
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