The trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen by the Code of Conduct Tribunal(CCT) over his failure to declare some of his assets has been adjourned to January 22 after an appearance today by the prosecution and defence legal teams.
The adjournment came following the agreement of all parties that the charge and summons was not properly served on the CJN.
A team of lawyers led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), had arrived the Code Conduct Tribunal in Abuja this morning to defend the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, who was initially scheduled for arraignment before the tribunal in the Monday’s proceedings.
Meanwhile, a former Director of Public Prosecution in Kano State, Aliyu Umar (SAN), is going to lead the government prosecution’s team.
He was one of the senior lawyers appointed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), as part of what was meant to be the government’s prosecution team in 2016.
The Federal Government had in a six-count charge filed at the CCT on January 11 accused Onnoghen of failure to declare his assets between June, 2005 and December, 2016 contrary to provisions of section 15(1) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act Cap C15 LFN 2004 and punishable under section 23(2) a, b, and c of the same Act.
In the charge, the CJN was alleged to have failed to declare a domiciliary (US Dollar) account No. 870001062650 maintained with Standard Chartered Bank (Nig.) Ltd. Wuse 2, Abuja which is being operated since 2011.
The CJN was also accused of not declaring a domiciliary (Pound Sterling) account No.285001062679 maintained with the same Standard Chartered Bank (Big).