The trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen for alleged corruption at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) is set to commence as the CJN’s legal team has arrived the tribunal’s premises.
Onnoghen is standing trial on six-count charges bordering on alleged false assets and non-assets declaration filed against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
The CCB had acted on a petition written by the Executive Director of the Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative (ARDI), Mr Dennis Aghanya.
The CCB had in its petition to the CCT accused Justice Onnoghen of flagrantly violating the law and the Constitution of Nigeria. It said, “…facts on the ground indicate the leader of our country’s judicial branch is embroiled in suspected financial crimes and breaches of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.”
The prosecution team of the Federal Government against the CJN is being led by a former Director of Public Prosecution in Kano State, Aliyu Umar (SAN).