Justice Onnoghen fate in court resume today

The Code of Conduct Tribunal will on Thursday (today ) , deliver judgment on the charges of false declaration of assets filed against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria , Justice Walter Onnoghen.

The CCT will also rule on two applications filed by the CJN who tendered his resignation two weeks ago .

One of the applications is challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear the case .

The other application is asking the CCT chairman to disqualify himself from further presiding over the case for his alleged bias .

On Monday , the three – member panel , led by Danladi Umar , fixed the date for judgment after the prosecution led by Aliyu Umar (SAN), and the defence , led by Okon Efut , adopted their final addresses.

The Federal Government had preferred six charges against Onnoghen in June for failing to declare some of his assets .

The government asked the CCT to convict and impose maximum punishment on the suspended CJN , contending that it successfully established that Justice Onnoghen acted in breach of the code of conduct for public officers in the country.

The prosecution had in the charge , marked CCT/ ABJ / 01/19 , alleged that Onnoghen ’ s failure to properly declare his assets , was in violation of Section 15( 2 ) of Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act .

It further alleged that Onnoghen, who was suspended from office by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 25 , operated five foreign bank accounts, contrary to the code of conduct for public officers.

However , in opposition to his trial , Justice Onnoghen , queried the validity of the charge against him , contending that the government violated established judicial precedents by not allowing the National Judicial Council to first investigate the allegation against him , before it rushed the matter to the CCT.

He argued that failure to channel the petition against him , as well as the outcome of the investigation that was purportedly conducted on assets declaration forms he submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau to the NJC , rendered the charge invalid .

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