The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Monday mounted Thursday, April 18, to
ship judgment in the six-count cost of false asset declaration introduced
towards the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter
Onnoghen by the Federal authorities. Chairman of the tribunal, Danladi
Yakubu Umar, whereas saying the date, disclosed that rulings can be
delivered on the identical date on the 2 motions earlier filed by Onnoghen in
which he challenged the jurisdiction of the tribunal and, additionally praying that
the tribunal chairman ought to recuse himself from the trial on account of
While adopting his remaining tackle, Onnoghen’s counsel, Okon Nkanu prayed the
tribunal to dismiss the six-count fees towards his consumer on grounds
that the prosecution did not show the important substances of the
fees past all cheap doubts. Also, Nkanu argued that false asset
declaration cost towards Onnoghen was unknown to legislation, saying it was not
clearly outlined by the structure.
He added that for the prosecution to succeed, the weather of every rely in
the six-count cost should be nicely established and in absence, the tribunal
beneath the legislation should rule in favour of the defendant.
The counsel notably faulted the declare of the prosecution that Onnoghen
made partial asset declaration, including that the declare established that
Onnoghen declared his asset and that if it was executed, it raises doubts that
should be resolved in favour of the defendant.
Nkanu additional informed the Danladi Umar-led tribunal that from the asset
declaration type of Onnoghen which was admitted by the tribunal as exhibit,
it was clear that the claims of Onnoghen weren’t verified by the CCB as
required by legislation and, subsequently, the costs towards his consumer had been based mostly
The defence counsel, subsequently, prayed the tribunal to dismiss the whole
fees and, to discharge and acquit Onnoghen from the alleged offences.
In his adoption, the prosecution counsel, Aliyu Umar knowledgeable the tribunal
that each one the important substances of the costs have been proved past
all cheap doubts and prayed the tribunal to uphold his submission.
The counsel insisted that the defendant didn’t declare his asset between
2005 to 2015, and added that when he did so on December 14, 2016, 5 financial institution
accounts with Standard chartered financial institution opened between 2009 and 2011 weren’t
declared. He, subsequently, urged the tribunal to carry that the prosecution
has proved its case past cheap doubt.
It can be recalled that the Federal authorities had on January 11, filed
a six-count cost bordering on false and non-declaration of asset towards
Onnoghen on the tribunal which culminated in his suspension from workplace by
President Muhammadu Buhari