Court Stops Nigeria’s Chief Justice Onnoghen’s Planned Arraignment
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has stopped the Federal Government’s plan to arraign the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for alleged fraudulent asset declaration.
The Federal Government had through the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) filed six counts of non-declaration of assets against the CJN on Friday, after receiving a petition from Dennis Aghanya, Executive Secretary of the Anti-corruption Research Data-Based Initiative (ARDBI).
He was due for arraignment before the CCT on Monday but he was absent from court.
However, while ruling on two separate ex parte applications on Monday, Justice N.E Maha, ordered parties to maintain status quo till January 17.
He also held that the defendants should be served with all the papers filed and they should appear in court at the next hearing.
The judge ruled on two suits — one filed by incorporated trustees of the Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative, and the other by the incorporated trustees of the International Association of Students Economists and Management.