CCT Convicts Onnoghen, Bans Him From Holding Public Office For 10 Years
Justice Walter Onnoghen briefing newsmen in Abuja (file image courtesy NAN

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Thursday convicted the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, and has banned him from holding any public office for 10 years.

Concise News understands that the CCT passed the judgment after finding Onnoghen guilty of breaching Code of Conduct for Public Officers.

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In his ruling, Chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, ordered the immediate removal of Onnoghen from office as the CJN.

Onnoghen was also stripped of all offices earlier occupied, such as the Chairman of the National Judicial Council and also the chairmanship of the Federal Judicial Service Commission.

Also, the tribunal ordered the forfeiture of the five accounts which Onnoghen failed to declare as part of his assets.

Background

President Muhammadu Buhari had in January suspended Onnoghen based on allegation that he violated the code of conduct for public officers by not declaring his assets as required by law.

The federal government filed charges against Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, which recommended the suspension of the senior judicial officer.

The federal government also sent a petition to the NJC over corruption allegations against the suspended CJN.

As for Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), it accused Onnoghen of receiving bribes in money and gifts from lawyers, and receiving illicit payments from public funds.

But the senior judicial officer denied the allegations, saying they were baseless.