REVEALED: CCT Picks Date For Onnoghen’s Judgement
The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja, has fixed Thursday to deliver judgment on the non assets declaration charge the Federal Government preferred against the resigned Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Yakubu Umar, while announcing the date, disclosed that rulings will be delivered on the same date on the two motions earlier filed by Onnoghen in which he challenged the jurisdiction of the tribunal and, also praying that the tribunal chairman should recuse himself from the trial on account of bias.
Whereas Onnoghen urged the tribunal to discharge and acquit him, insisting that the FG failed to prove that he committed any offence that is known to the law.
He added that for the prosecution to succeed, the elements of each count in the six-count charge must be well established and in absence, the tribunal under the law must rule in favour of the defendant.
On the other hand, FG, asked the CCT to convict and impose maximum punishment on the former CJN, contending that it successfully established that he acted in breach of the code of conduct for public officers in the country.
It would be recalled that the Federal government had on January 11, filed a six-count charge bordering on false and non-declaration of asset against Onnoghen at the tribunal which culminated in his suspension from office by President Muhammadu Buhari.