Protesters storm CCT as Onnoghen shuns trial again

Protesters have stormed the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja requesting the stoppage of the trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.

The CCT had on January 14 fixed January 22 for hearing in the six counts of false assets declaration filed by the Code of Conduct Bureau against Mr Onnoghen.

Onnoghen was absent from court again at the resumed hearing.

He was first due for arraignment on January 14, but he missed appearance.

The CCT chairman, Danladi Umar, then issued Onnoghen another summon after his lawyers said the first summons were not properly served.

Mr Umar fixed January 22 for Onnoghen to appear and be docked as the only defendant in the trial, but he was not in court as of 10:21 a.m. when the tribunal opened.