Justice Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, was absent as the trial over his alleged non-disclosure of assets resumed at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) resumed on Tuesday.
The country’s top jurist was charged before the CCT by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Federal Government on a six-count charge of allegedly failing to disclose three domiciliary and two Naira-denominated accounts after he was elevated to the post of CJN.
Justice Onnoghen’s trial began last week Monday but he was absent at the court, with his defence team led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN) arguing that the charges were not personally served to him as required by law.
Danladi Umar, Chairman of the CCT, had ordered that a fresh service of summons be served to the CJN and adjourned the trail till January 22 (today).
But despite being served fresh service of summons, Justice Onnoghen was not present at the tribunal when proceedings resumed today.
Argument in the case, however, continued at the time of filing this report.
The trial went ahead today despite an order by the Federal High Court, halting the trial, pending the determination of the different suits brought forward by two civil groups: the incorporated trustees of the Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative and the incorporated trustees of the International Association of Students Economists and Management.