The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, is conspicuously absent as the Code of Conduct Tribunal CCT, commenced proceedings into the charges filed before him before the tribunal by the Federal government.
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Umar Danladi and the two other presiding judges of the tribunal, are already seated.
The lead counsel in Onnoghen’s defence team, Wole Olanipekun, has informed the CCT that it does not have jurisdiction to hear the case. He argued that the procedure for service was not adhered to based on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA. Says Onnoghen was not personally served and he ought to be served.
The case is still being heard at the moment.
Onnoghen is being accused of failing to declare his assets after assuming office in March 2017. Yesterday, the South South governors forum instructed Onnoghen who is from Cross Rivers state, to shun the tribunal’s invitation.
There are allegations that Onnoghen is being harrassed because he is from the South South region. Militants in the Niger Delta region have threatened to shut down the country if Onnoghen is removed from office.
47 SANs led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) with about 47 other lawyers are representing Onnoghen.
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