Posted by Grand News | 14 January 2019 | 697 times
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen will be arraigned today at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over allegation of non-declaration of asset.
Head of Press and Public Relations Unit of the CCT, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, told Daily Trust that, a three-man panel led by Justice Danladi Y. Umar will take charge of proceedings at the tribunal today.
Al-Hassan said the arraignment is proper and that service of summons has been served to the CJN.
The Federal Government had in a six-count 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 Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act Cap C15 LFN 2004 and punishable under section 23(2) a, b, and c of the same Act.
In the charge, the CJN was alleged to have failed to declare a domiciliary (US Dollar) account No. 870001062650 maintained with Standard Chartered Bank (Nig.) Ltd. Wuse 2, Abuja which is being operated since 2011.
The CJN was also accused of not declaring a domiciliary (Pound Sterling) account No.285001062679 maintained with the same Standard Chartered Bank (Big).
The six-count charge was signed by Musa Ibrahim Usman (Esq) and Fatima Danjuma Ali (Esq) on behalf of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
But, Governors from the South-South geo-political zone have asked Justice Onnoghen not to appear before the CCT) or resign as demanded.
The governors Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Emmanuel Udom, (Akwa Ibom), Ben Ayade (Cross River), Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta) said this yesterday after an emergency meeting in Abuja. Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State was absent.
Addressing a press conference at the end of the meeting last night, Governor Dickson, who is Chairman of the South-South Governors’ Forum, said the action against the CJN further reinforced the perception that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has no regard for the sentiments of Nigerians and the Niger Delta people in particular.
Governor Dickson noted that the attempt to drag the CJN to the CCT was a grave and dangerous escalation of the assault on institutions of state, including the National Assembly and the judiciary, hence Onnoghen should not honour the summon.
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