You can’t arrest Onnoghen, court restrains police

Ismaila Sanni
Ismaila Sanni
Onnoghen: CCT delivers judgement Thursday

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was on Monday restrained from arresting the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, by the court.

The restraining order was issued by the National Industrial Court in Abuja, following a suit by Peter Abang, a claimant.

Similarly, the court gave a temporal injunction ordering the defendants not to force Onnoghen to vacate his office.

Onneghen is facing charges of alleged non-declaration of assets at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

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The arraignment which was to commence on Monday was however shifted to January 22 following the failure to properly serve Onnoghen the service of summons.

Joined in the suit by Abang as defendants apart from the Inspector General of Police are the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) chairman, Danladi Umar; the National Judicial Commission (NJC), Federal Judicial Service Commission and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The court also restrained Umar from going ahead to hear the case against the CJN pending the determination of the motion on notice.

The suit is marked NICN/ABJ/07/2019.

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