You Must Appear Before Us, CCT Chairman Tells Onnoghen
CJN Walter Onnoghen

The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar has directed the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen to personally appear before the tribunal before case pending against him could go on.

Umar gave the directive at the resumption of proceedings in the case on Monday, shortly before agreeing to the request by parties for adjournment to February 13.

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He said: “Under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), a defendant, who is served with a charge and represented by lawyers, must take his plea before raising any objection.

“The defendant has continued to stay away from this tribunal. I am going to grant this adjournment at the instance of the prosecution and defence, but must state that the defendant must attend court at the next adjourned date so that all the issues would be resolved in his presence.”

Onnoghen is being tried over allegation that he violated the code of conduct for public officers by not declaring his assets as required by law.

President Buhari had on Friday, January 25, suspended Onnoghen based on the allegations leveled against him.