- CCT chairman has warned journalist against distorting facts in the ongoing trial of suspended CJN Onnoghen
- Umar said he will not hesitate to deal decisively with any journalist distorting facts
Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, has threatened to send journalists who distort facts from proceedings in the ongoing trial of suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen, to jail.
Umar who disclosed this on Thursday, March 21, was reacting to some newspaper headlines from proceedings on the last adjourned date, The Cable reports.
“Are there journalists here?" Umar asked.
“There were publications, three print media. Let me start with one. The front page of the newspaper reported: ‘Onnoghen accuses FG of doctoring his asset declaration forms’. Note doctoring.
“Another: ‘Drama as Onnoghen accuses FG of tampering with his asset forms’. These are considered as mischievous, distorted facts, misrepresentation of what transpired.
“You are very lucky today, I would have used the full wrath of this tribunal and send you to prison. I will not hesitate to deal decisively with any journalist distorting facts. You will stay there until I retire that is 28 years from now,” Umar threatened.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Justice Onnoghen told the Code of Conduct Tribunal that his assets declaration forms before the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) appeared to have been tampered with.
Onnoghen disclosed this on Monday, March 18, during a court session in which his assets declaration forms were tendered.
Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), Onnoghen’s counsel, who disclosed this said the forms were in loose form and appeared to be tampered with adding that he would address the issues at the final stage.
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