Update: Tension as Tribunal set to deliver judgement on Onnoghen’s today
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has commenced sitting on the trial of the just resigned Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
The Tribunal had earlier announced that it will pass judgement Thursday.
The CCT members led by their Chairman, Danladi Umar, arrived the courtroom at exactly 12.14pm. The two other members are Williams Atedze and Julie Anabor.
Okon Nkanu Efut (SAN) is representing Onnoghen.
Danladi Umar struck out the two applications brought by Onnoghen pending before the tribunal for lack of merit.
The first application was challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear the matter. The second application filled was a prayer asking the tribunal chairman, Umar, to recuse himself from the trial on grounds that he is under the control of the state and would not be fair to the defendant. Also on grounds the at has a pending case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
Onnoghen is being tried before the CCT on charges of breaches of assets declaration as stipulated in the Code of Conduct for Public Officers.
The Federal Government, acting through the Code of Conduct Bureau, had on January 11, filed a case against Onnoghen, six counts, accusing him in the first count of failure to declare his assets to the bureau between June 2005 and December 14, 2016.
In the other five counts, the defendant was alleged to have falsely declared his assets on December 14, 2016, by omitting to declare his domiciliary dollar, euro and pound sterling accounts as well as his two naira accounts, all maintained with Standard Chartered Bank (Nig.) Ltd.