CCT orders day-to-day trial of suspended CJN Onnoghen

Justice Walter Onnoghen

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Monday ordered that the trial of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, would be heard on a day-to-day basis.

The tribunal, led by its chairman, Danladi Umar, also decided that the application challenging its jurisdiction in the matter be reserved till the end of the hearing.

Mr Onnoghen had filed two separate motions to challenge the tribunal’s jurisdiction to entertain the charges of non-declaration of assets preferred against him by the Federal Government.

The prosecution team led by Aliyu Umar, and the defence team led by Adegboyega Awomolo, had argued to the effect that the rulings on the applications be delivered first before going into the trial.

Mr Umar said that his ruling was in line with the provision of section 396(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and Paragraph 5 (5) of the Practice Direction of the tribunal.

The day-to-day trial, according to him, was supported by the provision of section 396(3) of the ACJA.

Umar later adjourned the case till Tuesday for the hearing of the prosecution pending application and for commencement of trial.