Nigeria’s Chief Justice Onnoghen To Be Arraigned Today – Here’s All You Should Know
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, is expected to be arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Monday, January 14, over alleged non-declaration of assets.
It is understood that a six-count charge – based on fraudulent declaration of assets – had been filed against the CJN and the trial would take place at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
A statement issued by Ibraheem Al-Hassan, head of press and public relations unit of the tribunal, on Saturday, read:
“Service of summons has been effected to the defendant. The three-man panel led by Justice Danladi Y. Umar, will commence the trial on Monday, 14th January, 2019 at its courtroom, situated at the headquarters, along Jabi Daki biyu, Saloman Lar way, Abuja, at about 10:00am.
“The application was filed yesterday by the operatives of CCB, dated 11st January, 2019 and signed by Musa Ibrahim Usman (Esq) and Fatima Danjuma Ali (Esq), containing 6 count charges all bothers on non declaration of asset.”
The six-count charge document, dated January 10, 2019 and signed on Janauary 11, 2019, listed offences against the judge, among which were his “failure to declare and submit a written declaration of all your assets and liabilities within the prescribed period of three (3) months after being sworn in as the justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the 8th day of June 2005 and you hereby contravened the provisions of section 15(1) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act Cap c15 LFN 2004 and punishable under section 23(2) a, b and c of the same Act”.
Onnoghen was also accused of failing to declare domiciliary US Dollar account, a domiciliary Euro account, a domiciliary (Pound Sterling) account, an e-saver savings (Naira) account and a Naira account, all maintained with Standard Chartered Bank (Nig.) Ltd in Abuja.
150 SANs To Defend Onnoghen At CCT
It is believed that more than 150 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) would defend the the Chief Justice of Nigeria at the CCT during today’s trial.
Constitutional lawyer, Sebastine Hon, SAN told Daily Trust on Saturday that “the number of eminent lawyers that have volunteered to defend the CJN might even be more than 150.”
South-South Governors Tell CJN Walter Onnoghen To Ignore The Court Summons
The South South governors yesterday condemned what they decried as “assault” on the Chief Justice of the Federation, telling him to ignore the court summons.
The governors noted that the attempt to drag the CJN to the CCT was a grave and dangerous escalation of the assault on institutions of state, including the National Assembly and the judiciary.
Militants Threaten To Shut Down Nigeria If FG Fails To Withdraw Charges Against CJN
Niger Delta agitators have vowed to shut down the country if the Federal Government goes ahead with the ” harassment” of the CJN.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the coalition of the agitators also warned all non indigenes who owned oil wells in the coastal area to prepare to vacate their zone, while asking all persons from the area working in the President Muhammadu Buhari government to “watch” their back.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); its presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar; the Coalition of Political Parties (CUPP) and other top politicians have in separate statements issued on Saturday alleged that the charges against Onnoghen “is a move by the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government to rig the 2019 general elections”.