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Update: CJN Onnoghen Absent As CCT Commence Hearing

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The embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen has failed to appear before the code of conduct tribunal CCT as his trial commenced on Monday.

All three CCT members seated including Chairman, Danladi Umar.

The team of Defence Counsel representing the CJN, Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen at the CCT has filed a Preliminary Objection challenging the jurisdiction of the CCT to hear the matter.

Aliyu Umar announced appearance for Prosecution while Wole Olanipekun, SAN, announced appearance for Defence.

Tribunal asked if Defendant has been served with the charge and Registry confirmed that it was served on Defendant’s Personal Assistant.

Chief Olanipekun was cut short in announcing appearance.

Prosecution said Defendant is only allowed 5 Counsel on the Record. However Chief Olanipekun continued announcing appearances.

Desmond Yamah announces appearance for NBA as an interested party. Tribunal Chair says you are either for Prosecution or Defence… tells him he cannot be on the Record. Mr Yamah insists on being on the Record but Chair overrules him

Olanipekun (SAN) informed Tribunal of application filed today challenging Tribunal’s jurisdiction to “sniff”, countenance or adjudicate on charge.

Prosecution stated Defendant must be arraigned first and that the Charge cannot proceed in Defendants’ absence.

The Precision had reported that the Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative (ARDI) filed the petition at the Code of Conduct (CCB) against Justice Onnoghen.

Details later…

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