CCT Postpone Justice Onnoghen’s Trial Till February 13 – The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Monday postponed till February 13, the legal proceeding of suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The postponement was a follow-up of a spoken request by legal representative to Onnoghen, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN.
Onnoghen is yet to be summoned on a 6 count charge verging on non revelation of his properties charged against him by the Federal Government.
The council had last Friday set Monday February 4 for the prosecution of the suspended Chief Justice as well as the listening to every single impending request, not long after the Court of Appeal in Abuja, rejected Onnoghen’s motion on notice looking for a brief termination of his legal proceeding at the council, pending the conclusion of his legal action questioning the area of authority of the council.
At the point when the issue was called Monday, Prosecution legal representative, Aliyu Umar, SAN, informed the court that the matter was postpone to today for trial & listening of 2 motions, one on initial opposition to area of authority of the CCT & one documented by the prosecution requesting for an order for the CJN to move away.
In any case, defense Counsel, managed by Awomolo, drew the council’s mind to the fact that a similar appeal sent to the Code of Conduct Bureau by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) has been sent to the National Judicial Council (NJC).
Awomolo said since the NJC had sent similar petitions to the accused to answer within 7 days which will end by Wednesday, February 6, it is of a legitimate concern for Justice to permit NJC take a choice before proceeding with the procedures at the council.
Prosecution counsel, however, said he was not against the request for postponement.
In a brief judgement, council Chairman, Danladi Umar, postpone the issue till February 13 for the arraignment of Onnoghen & the listening of every impending request.
He anyway asked the defense group to guarantee that the accused will physically show up in court at the postponment date, including that “plea must be taken before the defendant can raise any objection regarding the case”.
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