The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), will on Thursday, April 18, deliver judgement in the trial of the suspended chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Justice Walter Onnoghen is being tried on a six-count charge of non-declaration of assets, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the date for the trial was announced on Monday, April 15, by the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar.
According to Umar, the tribunal will also deliver two rulings earlier reserved on two applications by the defendants, first challenging the tribunal’s jurisdiction and the other asking the tribunal chairman to recuse himself from the case.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government moved to continue with the trial of Walter Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
The National Judicial Council had reportedly recommended the retirement of the suspended chief justice.
Although, Onnoghen had reportedly penned his retirement, sources privy to the case said the government opted to continue with the trial so as not to set a bad precedent.
The source said: "The government will not withdraw the case against Onnoghen in CCT in order not to set a bad precedent.
“We want the case to run its lifespan for posterity and to avoid reading of political meanings into it. When this case started, there was much uproar, that it was politically motivated by the presidency. We want the tribunal to decide the case on merit.
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“The NJC’s report also did not say that the trial be halted. It only demanded the retirement of Onnoghen. This is why no directive has been given to the Code of Conduct Tribunal, which is prosecuting the case, to withdraw the charges against the CJN.”
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