This news medium had on Thursday, April 18, reported the conviction of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria over charges of breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers.
In his ruling, Chairman of the CCT, Danladi Umar, ordered the immediate removal of Onnoghen from office as the CJN and banned him from holding any public office for 10 years.
Also, the tribunal ordered the forfeiture of the five accounts which Onnoghen failed to declare as part of his assets.
They are listed below:
Domiciliary US Dollar account No. 870001062650 – $56,878
Domiciliary Pound Sterling account No.285001062679 – £13,730.70.
Domiciliary Euro account No. 93001062686 – €10,187.18.
e-Saver savings (Naira) account No.5001062693 – N12,852,580.52
Another Naira account No.010001062667 – N2,656,019.21.
But Onnoghen has rejected the judgment.
Shortly after the judgment, Onnoghen, this medium learned, filed a notice of appeal at the Court of Appeal in Abuja to challenge the ruling of the Tribunal.
It was gathered that the “Federal Government of Nigeria” was listed as the only respondent in the appeal.
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.