- The Code of Conduct Tribunal has been accused of not following its set standard operation procedures
- The suspended CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, said it is illegal for the prosecution not comply with rules by investigating the allegation before filling case
- Onnoghen was recently suspended by Pesident Buhari to allow his trial to be fully activated before Justice Umar Danladi-led CCB
The embattled chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen, on Friday, March 29, accused the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) of not following its set Standard Operation Procedures in instituting the case against him.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Onnoghen, through his counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, also the prosecution for disregarding code of conduct bureau set out rules before filling case on the defendant.
He said it was illegal and unconstitutional for the prosecution not comply with rules by investigating the allegation before filling case.
The suspended CJN added that what the prosecution filed, was mainly hearsay devoid of the true position of the issue in the assest declaration
He said the allegation on him, was documentary hearsay which is not admissible and should be expunged. Onnoghen is arraigned at the CCT following a charge against him brought by the Code of Conduct Bureau in January.
The CCB accused Onnoghen of failing to declare his assets from June 2005, after he became a Justice of the Supreme Court till December 2016, two months after the federal government raided the homes of several judges, including those of the Supreme Court in October 2018.
According to the six-count charge brought against him, Onnoghen is also accused of false declaration of his assets, following his alleged failure to include some domiciliary accounts managed by the Standard Chartered Bank.
The accounts, created in 2011 and used for the transfer of foreign currencies, were omitted in one of two forms filled on December 14, 2016, by Onnoghen.
According to section 3(d) of the CCB act, the Bureau is empowered to receive complaints about cases of non-compliance with or breach of the act.
The section also empowers the CCB to refer such non-compliance to the CCT where the public officers accused of the alleged breach, will be tried according to the provisions of the act.
The prosecution team led by Aliu Umar, presented three witnesses before closing its case on March 21.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that the embattled chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen, said he has no case to answer following the federal government's decision to close its non asset declaration case against the CJN at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Recall that prior to the development, the embattled CJN was standing trial bordering on failure to declare some of his assets as stipulated by law.
He was suspended on January 25 by Pesident Muhammadu Buhari to allow his trial to be fully activated before Justice Umar Danladi-led CCB. He was replaced by Justice Tank Mohammad in acting capacity.
The CJN, having failed to present himself for court interrogation on two previous occasions, later appeared in the dock before Justice Danladi.
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