Happening now: Onnoghen's trial begins as embattled CJN is docked

Happening now: Onnoghen's trial begins as embattled CJN is docked

The embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, finally got docked at the Code of Conduct Tribunal as trial continued in the case of his alleged refusal to declare all his assets before the bureau in charge as head of the judiciary.

This is the first time the CJN would appear physically for trial in the case brought against him by the federal government.

We bring you all the drama that happened in the court.

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11.25: Finally agreeing with the parties after due consultations with the other members of the CCT panel, Danladi adjourns the trial to March 11, for hearing on all pending application before the tribunal.

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11.20: Arguing on the ruling on the adjournment, the defence counsel says the date will not be convenient for his team. Sticking to his initial decision, the CCT chairman says he has already given his ruling and cannot renege on it. Supporting the defence, the prosecuting counsel says the parties had already agreed on a date in March 2019.

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11.18: "Having taken consideration that there will be election tomorrow, the tribunal grants the defendant bail based on self-recognizance," the CCT chairman says. He further adjourns the trial to Thursday, February 21, for hearing of all pending applications.

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11.14: Uche further requests for an adjournment of the matter to a new date.

Happening now: Onnoghen's trial begins as embattled CJN is docked

Onnoghen at the CCT for the first time since the case against him started Credit: TVC
Source: Twitter

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11. 13: Onnoghen's lawyer, Chris Uche, applied for bail for the CJN on self-recognizance. However, without waiting for an objection or affirmation from the prosecution, the CCT chairman immediately replied: "granted".

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11.08: Again, Onnoghen pleads not guilty to count 2. Onnoghen. Pleads not guilty to count 3. The clerk continues to read the fourth count charge against Onnoghen. As he finishes, Onnoghen replies: "Not guilty." He also pleads not guilty to count 5 and 6 too.

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11.04: Embattled CJN Onnoghen takes his plea, pleads not guilty to count 1.

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11.03: The defence counsel has applied that the bench warrant issue against Onnoghen be set aside.

Furthermore, the CCT chairman, in a short ruling after the prosecution said he had no objection against the application, ordered that the bench warrant issued against Onnoghen set aside under the condition that the embattled CJN makes himself available throughout the trial.

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10.50: Danladi sounding surprised that Onnoghen was standing shouted: "I thought I asked you to give him a chair to sit down." The clerk responded that there is a chair there. Danladi tells the CJN: "My Lord, please sit."

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10.45: Laughter envelopes the tribunal as the chairman harasses the clerk over providing the CJN with a chair in the dock. This expression caused a loud stream of laughter in the courtroom. While Onnoghen says: "Don't worry, I'll sit when I'm tired" as he continues standing with his hands behind his back. Dressed in a sky blue shirt, a gold coloured tie and black suit.

Happening now: Onnoghen's trial begins as embattled CJN is docked

Chief Justice Onnoghen just before he was docked at the CCT Credit: TVC
Source: Twitter

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10.40: The defence counsel has just announced all appearance for the defendant.

Legit.ng reported that a counsel to the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, on Friday, February 15, decried the ongoing trial of his client at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), calling the situation bad for the judiciary.

Chris Uche, a senior advocate of Nigeria, who spoke minutes after the hearing of the case against Onnoghen, said while the CJN appeared before the CCT voluntarily, there is need for maintenance of independence in all arms of governments.

Onnoghen's Suspension: Lawyers, Civil Group protest in Abuja | Legit TV

Source: Legit.ng

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