Non-declaration of assets: Appeal Court halts trial of CJN

Onnoghen: CCT delivers judgement Thursday
Onnoghen

The Court of Appeal has ordered the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, to stop the trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, over alleged case of non-declaration of assets.

The order, issued on Friday by the court headed by Justice Abdul Aboki, is a temporary one, pending the ruling on a substantive motion brought by Onnoghen.

The motion was filed by Chief Wole Olanipekun on behalf of Onnoghen.

He prayed the court to restrain the CCT from continuing with the trial of the CJN pending the case before it.

He claimed that the CCT had no jurisdiction to carry out the trial.

It would be recalled that the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, filed a suit against the CJN over alleged non-declaration of assets.

The trial was to start on January 14, but was stalled because the CJN was said not to have been served the notice of summons.

On the adjourned date, January 22, counsel to the CJN explained to CCT that his client was absent because of the different cases pending in court over the propriety of the CCT to try the case.