The Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped the Federal Government’s plan to arraign Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Onnoghen had failed to appear before the CCT on Monday after the Federal Government, through the Code of Conduct Bureau, filed six counts of non-declaration of assets against him on Friday.
However, Justice N.E. Maha, ruling on two separate ex parte applications on Monday, ordered the parties to maintain status quo till January 17.
He ruled in the two different suits that the defendants should be served with all the papers filed and they should appear in court at the next hearing.
One of the two suits was filed by incorporated trustees of the Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative and moved by R.S Lawal-Rabana (SAN).
Those joined as defendants in the suit, Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; Danladi Umar, the Chairman of CCT; the National Judicial Council; Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police, and Bukola Saraki, the Senate President.
The other suit marked was filed by the incorporated trustees of the International Association of Students Economists and Management and moved by Jeph Njikonye.
The suit has as the defendants, Malami the CCT, the CCB, Umar and Idris.
The applications were being filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja while the CCT proceedings where Onnoghen was being expected to be arraigned was ongoing.
The two parties are expected to return to court for the hearing of the plaintiffs’ motion on notice until January 17.