Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen briefing newsmen in Abuja (file image courtesy NAN

A Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped the Federal Government’s plan to arraign the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

On Friday, the Federal Government through the Code of Conduct Bureau filed six counts of non-declaration of assets against the CJN.

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Onnogghen whose arraignment was on Monday did not show up with the trial adjourned to Tuesday, January 22nd.

In the ruling on two separate ex parte applications on Monday, Justice N.E Maha, ordered parties to maintain status quo till January 17.

Also, he ruled in the two different suits that the defendants should be served with all the papers filed and they should appear in court at the next hearing.

One of the two suits marked FHC/ABJ/CS/27/2019 was filed by incorporated ‎trustees of the Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative.

Those joined as defendants in the suit, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, the Chairman of CCT, Danladi Umar; the National Judicial Council, the Inspector-General of Police, ‎Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

‎The other suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/28/2019 was filed by the incorporated ‎trustees of the International Association of Students Economists and Management.

The suit has as the defendants, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Malami; the CCT, the CCB, the Chairman of CCT, Umar; and the Inspector-General of Police, ‎Idris.

While the ex parte application in the suit FHC/ABJ/CS/27/2019 was moved by Mr. R.A Lawal-Rabana (SAN), before Justice Maha on Monday, the ex parte application filed in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/28/2019 ‎was moved by Mr. Jeph Njikonye.