CCT To Continue Onnoghen’s Trial Feb 4 

Tunde Bakare 

The Code of Conduct Tribunal will on February 4 continue with the trial of suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Onnoghen was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari over allegations of false declaration of assets.

The tribunal had earlier adjourned sitting in the matter following an interim order of the Court of Appeal which ordered it to stay proceedings.

However, the Court of Appeal on Wednesday reversed the interim order by refusing to grant the interlocutory injunction sought by Onnoghen.

The court said section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act has barred the court from stopping a criminal matter.

A statement by Head, Press & Public Relations, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, Thursday said the tribunal fixed the new date after receiving a letter from the CCB.

“The decision was reached today sequel to a correspondent from Code of Conduct Bureau, applying for the resumption of trial of the case captioned; Application for resumption of trial of the case of FRN V. Hon. Justice Onnoghen Nkanu Walter Samuel case No: CCT/ABJ/01/19, addressed to Hon. Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal, dated 30th January, 2019, jointly signed by Musa Ibrahim Usman (Esq) and Fatima Danjuma Ali (Esq).

“The request reads in part; ‘The above subject refers. This case came up for hearing of preliminary objection to the jurisdiction of the Tribunal on the 28th of January, 2019 but the Tribunal could not proceed due to the pendency of the case at the Court of Appeal.

“However, in the wake of this afternoon, 30th January, 2019 the Court of Appeal has thrown out the appeal.

“Consequently on the above, we urge the Honourable Tribunal to give us a date for resumption of the trial subject to the convenience of the Tribunal, Most obliged my Lord.

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