Onnoghen snubs Code of Conduct Tribunal | 47 Senior Advocates set to defend him

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen failed to present himself before the Code of the Conduct Tribunal on Monday where he was set to be arraigned on a six-count charge bothering on false asset declaration.

Four-seven Senior advocates of Nigeria, including former Attorney General of the Federation, Kanu Agabi, Yusuf Alli and 45 other lawyers led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN) stormed the CCT to defend the CJN.

Onnoghen through his counsel, Olanipekun moved a motion challenging the competence of the CCT to exert jurisdiction over the matter. Olanipekun also faulted the procedure by which the CJN was summoned by the Code of Conduct Tribunal. He said contrary to court rules on criminal cases which specifies that summons should be served on the defendant personally, the service was effected on the personal assistant of Onnoghen, not Onnoghen himself.

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The prosecution counsel, Aliyu Umar informed the court that Onoghen had instructed his Personal Assistant to collect the summon on his behalf. However, he requested the three-man tribunal led by Danladi Umar to direct a fresh service on the CJN.

Danladi Umar ordered afresh service on Onnognen between Monday 14 and Wednesday, 16, 2019. He also adjourned the case to Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

List of SANs present are the trial

1 CHIEF WOLE OLANIPEKUN SAN
2 CHIEF ADEGBOYEGA AWOMOLO SAN
3 KANU AGABI SAN
4 YUSUF ALI SAN
5 CHIEF BAYO OJO SAN
6 DR. ALEX IZIYON SAN
7 CHIEF CHRIS UCHE SAN
8 LUCIUS O. NWOSU SAN
9 CHIEF ASSAM ASSAM SAN
10 ADEBAYO ADELODUN
11 PAUL EROKORO SAN
12 S.I. AMEH SAN
13 R.A. LAWAL-RABANA SAN
14 CHARLES AJUYAH SAN
15 CHIEF SEBASTINE HON SAN
16 NELLA ANDEM-RABANA SAN
17 CHIEF CHUKWUMA EKOMARU SAN
18 OKON EFUT SAN
19 J.U.K. IGWE SAN
20 J.S. OKUTEPA SAN
21 ROTIMI OGUNESO SAN
22 MOGAJI A. MAHMOUD SAN
23 OGWU JAMES ONOJA SAN
24 AKINLOLU KEHINDE SAN
25 JOE ABRAHAM SAN
26 CHUKWUMA MACHUKWU H SAN
27 CHIEF MRS. VICTORIA AWOMOLO SAN
28 TAWO E. TAWO SAN
29 SILVA OGWEMOH SAN
30 ADEDEJI ADERIBIGBE SAN
31 GORDY UHCE SAN
32 CHIEF EDWARD KUNAV ASHIEKAA SAN
33 P.O. OKOLO SAN
34 MUYIWA AKINBORO SAN
35 DR. VALERIE AZINGE SAN
36 OLA OLANIPEKUN SAN
37 WILCOX ABERETON SAN
38 ABDUL IBRAHIM SAN
39 DR. J.Y. MUSA SAN
40 KEHINDE OGUNWUMIJU SAN
41 OBA MADUABUCHI SAN
42 OLUBOWALE TAIWO SAN
43 STEPHEN ADEHI SAN
44 DR. GARBA YEYENKI SAN
45 CHIEF SOLO AKUMA SAN
46 BERY IGWILLO SAN
47 CHIEF OFFIONG OFFIONG SAN

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