The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), on Thursday, fixed February 4 for the continuation of trial of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onmoghen, for alleged non declaration of all his assest.
This followed the refusal of the Appeal Court on Wednesday to stay proceedings at the CCT, which Onmoghen had requested.
In a statement by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), the prosecution agency, said: “Following Court of Appeal ruling yesterday (Wednesday) on the trial against Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Onnoghen Nkanu Walter, on alleged non-declaration of asset before Code of Conduct Tribunal is hereby fixed for Monday, 4th of February, 2019.
“The decision was reached today sequel to a correspondent from Code of Conduct Bureau, applying for the resumption of trial of the case captioned; Application for resumption of trial of the case of FRN V. 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 request reads in part; “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,” the statement said.
Onnoghen was charged by the CCB for allegedly omitting details of his domiciliary accounts in one of two forms submitted to the bureau in 2016, among other offences.
He has failed to appear at the two hearing sessions when the matter was called at the tribunal.
Following an order of the Court of Appeal, the tribunal chaired by Danladi Umar suspended the trial indefinitely at the last adjourned date on January 22.