Onnoghen: Embattled CJN's trial resumes

Onnoghen: Embattled CJN's trial resumes

- The Code of Conduct Bureau resumed the trial of embattled CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen

- Onnoghen is standing trial of crime bordering on failure to declare assets as stipulated by the law

- Although, the CJN has pleaded not guilty, he will need to clear the mess surrounding him recently in the court

The trial of embattled chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, will resume on Monday, March 11, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Onnoghen is standing trial on the six- count charge bordering on failure to declare his assets as stipulated by the law, Daily Trust report.

Legit.ng gathers that although he has pleaded not guilty, the suspended CJN has lost bid to stop his trial and will thus be standing before the Justice Umar Danladi-led Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to prove his innocence.

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Recall that Onnoghen had earlier failed to appeared before the tribunal when his trial began, a development that made Justice Danladi to issue a bench warrant against him.

The embattled CJN later appeared in dock at a sitting held on February 15 with the presiding judge mandating Onnoghen to appear before him till the end of the trial.

He had said: "The bench warrant earlier issued, since the defendant made himself available voluntarily without the execution of the bench warrant, the tribunal hereby set aside the warrant on the condition that the defendant must henceforth make himself available throughout the trial."

The trial was later adjourned and the court will resume hearing on March 11.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that following the recent suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari, there were indications that the National Judicial Council might sack both the embattled CJN and the newly nominated CJN, Tanko Mohammed. G

NJC after an emergency meeting had abridged the usual 14 working days notice to issue to Onnoghen a seven-day ultimatum to respond to series of petition against him.

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Source: Legit Nigeria

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