Following the request from the Federal Government, the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, in Abuja has fixed February 4 to resume proceedings on the non-assets declaration charge pending against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
This was disclosed by the CCT’s Head of Press and Public Relations, Ibraheem Al-Hassan during a press release on Thursday, January 31, 2019.
Onnoghen, who was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari, is facing a six-count charge bordering on alleged failure to declare his assets as prescribed by the law.
Ibraheem-Al-Hassan, however, noted that the decision to continue the trial followed the ruling court of Appeal on Wednesday dismissing the stay of proceedings as contained in a correspondent from the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
The statement reads in part; “The decision was reached today (Wednesday) sequel a correspondence from the Code of Conduct Bureau, applying for the resumption of trial of the case captioned ‘Application for resumption of trial of the case of FRN Vs. 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 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,” the statement added.