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CCT orders IGP and DSS to arrest Onnoghen

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has ordered the arrested of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

The arrest warrant was issued following the CJN’s absence in court again.

Onnoghen has not appeared before the CCT since his arraignment by the Federal Government through the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

Danladi Umar, the Chairman of the CCT, ordered the Inspector General of Police, and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest and produce Onnoghen in court.

The CCT Chairman noted that Onnoghen must be available for arraignment on February 15.

The embattled CJN’s counsel, Adeboyega Awomolo, had however filed an application arguing that the CCT has no jurisdiction to try the Chief Justice.

Mr. Umar had however noted that any application against the jurisdiction of the court would only be heard after the plea of the accused has been taken.

Mr. Awomolo however told the CCT that Onnoghen is apparently attending a National Judicial Council meeting.

The suspended CJN was accused of false asset declaration.

Without conviction, he was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari and a new Acting CJN, Tanko Mohammed, was appointed even without the recommendation of the National Judicial Council.

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