CCT Convicts Onnoghen on False Asset Declaration Charges

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Thursday found Walter Onnoghen guilty on all the six-count charge of failing to declare assets in line with the provisions of the law for public office

In a judgment delivered by the chairman of the three-man tribunal, Danladi Umar held that from the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses and the statement of Onnoghen admitting that he made a mistake of not declaring his five accounts with the Standard Chartered Bank, Onnoghen was guilty as charged.

The CCT having convicted Onnoghen of the charges went ahead to remove
The tribunal also ordered the removal of Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

Umar also ordered that in line with the provisions of the Code of Conduct and Tribunal Act, the former CJN is barred from holding any public office for the next ten years.

Umar also held that since Onnoghen could not adduce any evidence as to how he got the monies in the undeclared accounts in the Standard Chartered Bank, the monies are thereby confiscated, seized and are to be forfeited to the Federal government.

Earlier, the CCT had overruled Onnoghen on his claim that he lacked jurisdiction to hear the charge.

Umar also overruled Onnoghen on the claim that the Chairman of the CCT was bound to be bias in the trial owing to the fact that he is being prosecuted by the EFCC on bribery allegations and that the CCT being under the supervision of the presidency was bound to do the biddings of the prosecution.

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