LATEST: CCT orders Police, DSS to arrest suspended CJN, Onnoghen

The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja, Yesterday has ordered key security agencies in the country to arrest the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, and produce him for trial on Friday February 15th.

The Mr. Danladi Umar-led panel tribunal specifically directed the
Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the Department
of State Service, DSS, to execute the arrest warrant to ensure that
Justice Onnoghen is brought before the panel on the adjourned date.

The order followed an application the Federal Government made for a
bench warrant to be issued against the suspended CJN who has refused to
come before the tribunal to answer to allegations of non-disclosure of
his assets after he assumed office in March 2017.

At the resumed hearing in the case against Onnoghen Wednesday,
February 13, counsel to the Federal government, Aliyu Umar, relied on
section 6 (1) of the CCT Practice Direction and section 396 of the
Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015, to apply for a bench
warrant against the defendant.

“May I draw your attention and the honorable members to the fact that
the defendant is not in court today. I hereby humbly apply for a
warrant of arrest against the defendant”, Umar stated.

However, counsel to the embattled CJN,  Chief Adegboyega Awolowo,
SAN, urged  the tribunal to refuse the application and proceed with
hearing Onnoghen’s motion challenging the jurisdiction of the CCT and
legal competence of the charge against him.

After hearing the arguments of both counsels, Justice Danladi issued
the benchwarrant. Onnoghen must be produced in court by Friday January
15th.

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