CCT: Onnoghen to Forfeit Money in His Account, Vows To Appeal

The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Thursday ordered the forfeiture of all money in the account of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, which he did not declare.

Delivering ruling , Justice Danladi Umar,  also banned Onnoghen from holding any public office for ten years.

The CCT has ordered the removal of  Onnoghen as CJN and as chairman National Judicial Council.

Meanwhile, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Okon Efut, who led the defence team said the conviction was unconstitutional, premeditated and a breach of the ex-CJ rights to fair hearing.

He said: “The conviction is unconstitutional. It is a breach of fair hearing.

“Before this day, on January 23, 2019, the same judgment had been passed, removing the Chief Justice of Nigeria without fair hearing.

“So, it was fait accompli, it was premeditated. Judgment has been passed before today. Today’s judgment is just a formality.

“We hold the view that the tribunal has not only breached the Constitution of Nigeria, it has breached the fundamental principles of natural justice, equity and good conscience.

“It has not only been able to pass judgment, it has convicted on an offence that was never charged.

“This is an erosion of the fundamental principles of our Constitution and until some questions are answered, for instance, why is it that the due course of justice was not allowed to flow?”