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CCT adjourns Onnoghen’s trial amidst drama

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The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, accused the counsel to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen, Adeboyega Awomolo, of using delay tactics to stall proceedings which led to a major uproar at the CJN’s trial on Monday in Abuja.

“Your application amounts to a delay tactic,” Umar said while reacting to Awomolo’s request for an adjournment in order to allow the National Judicial Council decide on a petition filed by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to the National Judicial Council, over Onnoghen’s trial.

Following Umar’s allegation, the embattled CJN counsel flayed up which led to major uproar in the hall.

“I take strong exception to that, with all respect. I am 72 years old: 42 years at the bar. I have never been so indicted and I take strong exceptions to that,” Awomolo said.

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But Umar said he would proceed with the application by the prosecution which is intended to formalise the decisions already taken by the government, namely the suspension of Onnoghen.

The confrontation of the duo was put to an end by the prosecution lawyer who asked the tribunal to go on a 30-minute break.

The tribunal, however, resumed and adjourned the next trial to February 13, for further hearing on the matter.

Onnoghen is facing a six-count charge of non-declaration of assets when he became the chief justice of Nigeria.

Following his charges, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Onnoghen based on the order of the CCT chairman on Friday, 25th January.

Buhari immediately swore in Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed as the new acting Chief Justice of Nigeria to replace embattled Onnoghen.


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