Onnoghen pleads not guilty to charges
Nigeria’s embattled chief justice Walter Onnoghen finally appeared before a tribunal trying him for non-declaration of assets on Friday.
He was, however, granted bail on self-recognition and trial adjourned till March 11 when the tribunal will hear all pending applications by both the defence and the prosecution.
Onnoghen had refused to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal since the commencement of his trial in January, prompting the tribunal’s chairman Danladi Umar to order the inspector-general of police to arrest and bring before the tribunal today.
Onnoghen pleaded not guilty to the six-count charges preferred against him by the government.
Although the defense team led by Chris Uche (SAN) pleaded that the suspended CJN take his plea from the bench, Umar bluntly refused. He insisted that Onnoghen be docked. Consequently, he entered the dock but chose to stand.