The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, will be arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on Monday over alleged non-declaration of assets.
CCT’s Head of Press and Public Relations unit, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday, explaining that the arraignment followed an application filed against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, to the tribunal chairman on Friday.
Disclosing that a six-count charge had been filed against the CJN, the statement added that, “service of sumoms has been effected to the defendant, the three man panel led by Justice Danladi Y. Umar, will commence the trial on Monday, 14th January, 2019 at its courtroom, situated at the headquarter, along Jabi Daki biyu, Saloman Lar way, Abuja, at about 10:00am.
“The application was filed yesterday by the operatives of CCB, dated 11st January, 2019 and signed by Musa Ibrahim Usman (Esq) and Fatima Danjuma Ali (Esq), containing 6 count charges all bothers on non declaration of asset.”
A civil society group, Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative, ARDI, had petitioned the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, listing a number of allegations against Onnoghen. He was accused of maintaining domiciliary foreign currencies account said to be contrary to relevant laws, especially for public office holders.
The group said its petition, dated January 7, 2019, became necessary “bearing in mind the imminence of the 2019 General Elections and the overwhelming roles of the Judicial Arm both before and after”.
The petition was stamped “received” by the office of the CCB chairman on January 9, 2019.