S’South Govs To Meet Sunday Over Planned Trial Of Justice Onnoghen


South-South Governor’s Forum has urgently called for an emergency meeting over the planned trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, and other issues.

The emergency meeting, which is expected to hold on Sunday, will also touch on other issues to be discussed at the meeting.

According to a statement issued by Gov Dickson Seriake’s spokesman, some of the issues to be discussed include the security of the Niger Delta during and after the election and the issue of derivation.

Dickson said that while he had yet to get the full details about the developments concerning the CJN, it is a grave and dangerous escalation, coming a few weeks to the general elections.

He said that the South-South Governors will address a press conference after the meeting to convey the position of the zone to the Nigerian public.

The governor called for concerted efforts “to prevent the subversion and desecration of the ethos of democracy in Nigeria as the nation moves nearer to the election”.

The Code of Conduct Tribunal announced on Sunday that the Code of Conduct Bureau has filed criminal charges against Justice Onnoghen before it.

Justice Onnoghen is facing six charges bordering on failure to declare his assets and operating a domiciliary account, among other charges.

According to a statement by the spokesperson of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Ibrahim Alhassan, the charges were served on the CJN on Friday.

Alhassan added that they were based on a petition signed by the Executive Secretary of the anti-corruption research data-based initiative, Dennis Aghanya.

Alhassan said Justice Onnoghen will be arraigned on Monday, January 14.

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