- The Court of Appeal is set to deliver a judgement in a case brought by embattled CJN Walter Onnoghen against the ruling of the CCT
- The appeal court confirms that it will deliver the judgement on Friday, May 10
- Part of the contending issue to be looked at by the appeal court is whether the CCT has jurisdiction over the trial of Onnoghen
All is now set for the Court of Appeal to deliver what many consider would be a landmark judgement concerning the case brought to it by the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.
The appeal court will deliver the judgement on Friday, May 10, as contained in a short statement issued on Thursday, May 9, by Sa’adatu Musa Kachalla, a spokesperson of the court.
The Nation reports that the statement simply stated: “Notice is hereby given. The appeal filed by Ho. Justice Walter Onnoghen is ripe for judgement, tomorrow (Friday, May 10) morning in Abuja division. Thank you for your usual cooperation.”
Based on 16 grounds, Onnoghen had appealed the judgement of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) which declared him guilty.
“The onus was on the prosecution to prove that that the defendant did not declare and submit his assets declaration form to the Code of Conduct Bureau for over 11 years as charged,” Onnoghen said in his appeal as he urged the court to declare that the CCT lacks jurisdiction to hear the case.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the National Judicial Commission (NJC) recently recommended the retirement of Walter Onnoghen, the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The commission after a deliberation on Wednesday, April 3, unanimously reached an agreement that Onnoghen be retired over petitions filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Also, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has reportedly summoned President Muhammadu Buhari, the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, and others to appear over the removal of Walter Onnoghen as the head of the judiciary.
Justice Inyang Ekwo also directed members of the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC), the federal government, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), and the Senate to appear and show reason why they should not be restrained from initiating the confirmation of Justice Tanko Muhammad as substantive CJN should not be made.
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