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Suspended CJN, Onnoghen Finally Appears At CCT, Docked

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File: Walter Onnoghen (m) at CCT during his trial

In a bid to avoid his being arrested after such order was granted on Wednesday over his continued shunning of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) summons, suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, showed up on Friday at the Tribunal in Abuja.

According to NAN, Onnoghen appeared at the Tribunal to take his plea on the charge of false asset declaration against him.

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has pleaded not guilty to charges of false asset declaration brought against him by the Nigerian government.

The CJN is facing six charges for the alleged offence.

Earlier reports said Justice Onnoghen arrived at the Code of Conduct Tribunal premises, in a convoy of five cars at 9.40 am.

On Wednesday, the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar ordered his arrest following his consistent absence from court.

Mr Onnoghen, who was brought before the tribunal on January 14, is accused of failing to declare bank accounts used for the transfer of foreign currencies after his appointment as CJN.

After taking his pleas, his lawyer, Chris Uche, asked for the bail of his client.

The request was immediately granted by the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, without hearing from the prosecution.

An application for an adjournment was made by the defence counsel, and was not objected by the prosecution.

Mr. Onnoghen, who refused to take a seat inside the dock, was still standing at the time of filing this report.

Donning a black suit with a brown tie, Mr Onnoghen stood with his hands wrapped around his back for most parts of the proceedings.

The justice had boycotted earlier hearings, as he contested the powers of the tribunal to hear the case of alleged asset falsification against him.

On Friday, Mr Onnoghen arrived the tribunal in the Jabi district of Abuja at about 10.00 a.m. amidst heavy security.

His convoy of Toyota Land Cruisers parked outside the tribunal hall for several minutes before Mr Onnoghen walked into the court room flanked by aides and security.

Mr Onnoghen was suspended by President Muhammad Buhari after charges were filed against him at the CCT.

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