Breaking: CCT Orders Police, DSS To Apprehend Suspended CJN Onnoghen

Following the asset Declaration scandal and the suspension of Chief Justice Onnoghen, Code of Conduct Tribunal has ordered the Nigerian police and security service to arrest him and produce him for trial. His trial has been scheduled for this Friday, February 15th. The tribunal panel which was led by Mr. Danladi Umar seems to have found the CJN wanting and he specifically directed the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Service, DSS, to ensure that Onnoghen appears on the trial date. This order came after the Federal Government sought a warrant against Onnoghen after he refused to answer the tribunal’s call to clarify the asset declaration allegations levied against him in 2017. The hearing over his case which was resumed today, February 13, saw the counsel to the Federal government, Aliyu Umar, relying on section 6 (1) of the CCT Practice Direction and section 396 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015, as he applies for a bench warrant against the CJN. He was quoted to have said: “May I draw your attention and the honourable members to the fact that the defendant is not in court today. I hereby humbly apply for a warrant of arrest against the defendant”, Umar stated. This was however refuted by the legal counsel to the CJN, Chief Adegboyega Awolowo, SAN, who urged the tribunal to refuse the application and proceed with hearing Onnoghen’s motion challenging the jurisdiction of the CCT and legal competence of the charge against him. After considering both sides, the court ruled in favour of the Federal government and issued a bench warrant asking for Onnoghen’s presence in the court on Friday, January 15th.Photo Credit: Getty

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