The Code of Conduct Tribunal has ruled that it has the jurisdiction to allow the trial of a sitting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
The tribunal (CCT) chairman, Umar Danladi, announced the ruling on Thursday, April 18.
The ruling was given as part of the trial of the embattled CJN, Walter Onnoghen.
Onnoghen is being tried by the federal government for alleged false declaration of assets.
He had argued that he could not be tried at the CCT without a review by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
The CCT, however, ruled that it has the power to proceed with the trial without the interference of the NJC.
The tribunal also overruled itself in a previous decision where it suspended the trial of another Supreme Court justice, Sylvester Ngwuta.
The CCT added that it has the powers to overrule itself if it finds out that its decision was wrongly reached.
In the case of Ngwuta, the tribunal had ruled that it could not proceed with the trial until the NJC reviews the matter.
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Legit.ng had previously reported that the CCT fixed Thursday, April 18, for its final judgment in the charges of false and non-declaration of assets instituted against Onnoghen, who reportedly resigned as the CJN on April 4.
The Danladi Umar-led three-man bench fixed the date for judgment after the prosecution led by Aliyu Umar (SAN), and the defence led by Okon Efut (SAN), adopted their final addresses.
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