Onnoghen pleads ‘not guilty’ as CCT sets aside arrest warrant
Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), has pleaded “not guilty” to the charges filed against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Onnoghen is being arraigned for a six-count charge bordering on false declaration of assets.
TheCable had reported that there were moves to remove Onnoghen from office before the general election.
On several occasions, he had failed to appear before the tribunal. His lawyers had challenged the jurisdiction of the tribunal to entertain the matter.
The appeal court also refused to stay proceedings at the CCT.
At the tribunal on Friday, Danladi Umar, CCT chairman, set aside the order for the arrest of Onnoghen before he took his plea.
Umar said the warrant of arrest has been set aside because Onnoghen appeared at the tribunal.
“He must henceforth make himself available throughout the proceedings,” the CCT chairman said.
After the plea was read, Uche Chris, counsel to the suspended CJN, applied for bail.
The counsel to the federal government did not oppose the application.
Onnoghen was then granted bail based on self-recognition.
Umar adjourned the matter till February 21 to hear all pending applications before the tribunal.
Source : The Cable