Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Walter Onnogen Removed, Barred From Holding Office For 10 Years

The Oasis Reporters

April 18, 2019

Justice Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, now removed.
By Mike Odeh James

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen has been found guilty on all the six count charges, including false assets declaration leveled against him by the Buhari administration. He has consequently been barred from holding public office for a period of 10 years.

The Chairman of the Code Of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar has earlier dismissed the motion filed by Justice Onnoghen asking him to recuse himself from further participating and adjudicating in the matter for fear of bias.

Umar averred the CJN’s motion lacked merit.

Similarly the CCT judge also dismissed Onnoghen’s second motion challenging the jurisdiction of the Danladi Umar led tribunal to hear the matter.

Umar also held that the tribunal is not directly under the supervision of the National Judicial Council (NJC), but the presidency.

While handing out the final judgement, Danladi ordered that Onnoghen be
dismissed from office of CJN and banned from holding public office for 10 years and the money in the five bank accounts of the suspended CJN that he did not declare be forfeited to the Government.

It would be recalled that few weeks to the 2019 Presidential election, Dennis Aghanya the executive secretary of the Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative (ARDI), petitioned the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) over alleged non-declaration of assets by the CJN.

Mr. Aghanya was Buhari’s media aide between 2009 and 2011 and the pioneer national publicity secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). He is also the founding member of The Buhari Organisation (TBO).

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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