The absence of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, in court on Monday, stalled his arraignment on non declaration of asset charges at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Abuja
He was expected to face a six count charge on non declaration of asset but when the case was called on Monday he was not in court.
On why he was not present in court, the lead defence counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), said it was not mandatory for the defendant to be in court, especially as he was not served with the charges personally.
He said the defendant was also challenging the competence of the tribunal to trial him.
Olanipekun argued further that the constitution supports that until a defendant is served personally, he may decide not to be present in court at first instance.
However, the prosecution counsel, Aliyu Umar (SAN), objected, arguing that before any application is taken, the defendant must be present in court.
However, Umar later asked for a short date to enable the prosecution to serve him personally.
The tribunal, headed by Danlandi Umar, adjourned till January 22 for continuation.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 45 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, led by Chief Wole Olanipeken, are defending Justice Onnoghen.
Among lawyers in the defence team include, Kanu Agabi , Adegboyega Awomolo, Bayo Ojo, Alex Iziyon, Paul Erokoro, Yusuf Ali, Joseph Okutepa, Chris Uche, Lecius Nwosu, Sunday Ameh, among others.
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