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CCT Adjourns Onnoghen’s trial till January 22

The planned arraignment of the highly revered Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Honourable Justice Walter Annoghen has understandably attracted mixed reactions across the country with some persons describing the move as outright witch hunt and intimidation by the executive arm of government against the judiciary ahead of the 2019 election and some others stating that it is a sign that no man is above the law. This intervention does not seek to address the purported witch hunt (if any) or the innocence or otherwise of the respected CJN. It merely attempts to briefly examine the legal regime in the circumstance.  

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has adjourned the trial of Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), till Tuesday January 22, 2019.

Onnoghen is standing trial over charges related to alleged fraudulent declaration of assets.

The trial of the CJN had commenced earlier on Monday, with Wole Olanipekun (SAN) leading the defence team.

Olanipekun questioned the CCT on the jurisdiction to hear the case, and after deliberations, the case was adjourned.


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