Onnoghen Gets Bail As He Pleads Not Guilty

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has been granted bail after pleading not guilty to the six counts of non-declaration of assets at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, in Abuja.

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Recall that the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) had in a 6-counts charge filed at the CCT on January 11, accused Onnoghen of failure to declare his assets between June 2005 and December 2016, contrary to provisions of section 15(1) of the CCB and Tribunal Act Cap C15 LFN 2004 and punishable under section 23(2) a, b, and c of the same Act.

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The Federal government on this note applied for a bench warrant against the suspended CJN after he failed to appear before the CCT for three consecutive times to answer to the accusation levelled against him by the CCB.

However on his arrival to the CCT’s today, his lawyer, Chris Uche (SAN) requested that the bench warrant levelled on his client be discharged as Onnoghen delivered himself to the tribunal voluntarily without the execution of the bench warrant adding that the tribunal should adjourn the case to a date after the general elections.

Ruling on the application, the CCT chairman, Danladi Umar, agreed with the defence council, though a date was yet to be picked as at the time of filing this report.

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