- A new mode of proceeding has been given to the trial of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen
- The proceeding, as ordered by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), will now be conducted on a day-to-day basis
- The order was given by the chairman of the CCT, Danladi Umar, on Monday, March 11
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Monday, March 11, directed that proceedings in the trial of Justice Walter Onnoghen, the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), should be conducted daily.
Danladi Umar, the chairman of the tribunal gave the ruling, relying on the provision of section 296(3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) for daily proceedings in the case, The Nation reports.
The tribunal chairman further relied on section 296(2) of the ACJA to reserve ruling on the two applications filed by Onnoghen, argued upon till the point of judgment in the substantive case.
The two applications are challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear the charge against Onnoghen and demanding Umar to stay away from the case on grounds of bias.
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The embattled suspended CJN was present all through the proceedings on Monday. When asked to sit down, Onnoghen, who stood in the earlier part of the proceedings, later elected to sit on a chair, which his aides brought along with them from home. He refused the chair provided by officials of the tribunal.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the trial Onnoghen resumed on Monday, March 11, at the CCT. Onnoghen is standing trial on the six- count charge bordering on failure to declare his assets as stipulated by the law.
Legit.ng gathered 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 CCT to prove his innocence.
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