The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has fixed today, Thursday, April 18, for its final judgment in the charges of false and non-declaration of assets instituted against Justice Walter Onnoghen, who reportedly resigned as the Chief Justice of Nigeria on April 4.
The Danladi Umar-led three-man bench fixed the date for judgment after the prosecution led by Aliyu Umar (SAN), and the defence led by Okon Efut (SAN), adopted their final addresses.
A brief recap
Onnoghen, who became Nigeria’s 17th Chief Justice in March 2017, was brought before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Monday, January 14.
He was arraigned by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), following a petition brought against him by a group, the Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative, headed by a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State, Denis Aghanya.
Onnoghen was charged on six counts, for allegedly failing to declare some of his accounts in the asset declaration form submitted to the CCB in December, 2016.
According to the charge, Onnoghen also failed to declare his assets after the expiration of his declaration form filled in 2005.
But Onnoghen, who had noted that he forgot to update the form, told the tribunal that he was not guilty of the charges brought against him.
During the proceedings, the defence, in their final arguments, maintained that the prosecution failed to prove the six counts beyond reasonable doubt as required by law and urged the tribunal to dismiss the case.
It added that the charges against Onnoghen were incompetent and unconstitutional as they were based on the provisions of the Code of Conduct Tribunal and Bureau Act which were in conflict with the relevant provisions of the Constitution.
As Nigerians await the final judgement on the Onnoghen’s case, Legit.ng will be bringing live updates of the trial as it unfolds.
Trial adjourned til 12 noon
The trial has been adjourned till 12 noon. A court official who spoke to Legit.ng’s reporter said the trial has been postponed until 12 noon. However, the official did not give any reason why the mater was adjourned.
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