CJN Onnoghen’s trial: Onnoghen absent as trial begins at CCT

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen absent at the Code of Conduct Tribunal as his trial commenced on Monday morning.

Danladi Umar, the Code of Conduct Tribunal chairman, called Mr Onnoghen’s case at about 10:08 on Monday, and Mr Onnoghen was not within the premises, Premium Times reports.

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Wole Olanipekun, a senior Nigerian lawyer who is leading a team of 46 other senior lawyers to enter defence for the chief justice, began by challenging the jurisdiction of the case.

“You have to first determine whether you have the jurisdiction to try this matter,” Mr Olanipekun said to the tribunal chairman.

Mr Olanipekun said Mr Onnoghen has not been indicted by the National Judicial Council as legally required of serving judges before his matter was picked up by the tribunal following a petition filed by a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Mr Olanipekun also said Mr Onnoghen was not given enough time to prepare for his arraignment before being summoned by the tribunal.

155 Comments

  1. Nobody is above the law,but the rule of the law should be followed to the end…why so fast and rush to get him out of office, is there something we don’t know,and who is fooling who?

  2. It is my humble opinion that in matters of tus sort, due process should be followed as ifbit is not followed, it allows for loop holes that can be exploited by the person being prosecuted.

  3. Things are really falling apart in this country how will a man of such calibal be subjected to this kinda situation, that means their is no regards to the rule of law

  4. I wonder what of leaders we have in this country, since he is absent that means he knows what he’s doing

  5. I believe there is a session of the law that states the consequence when someone is absent, it should be activated

  6. Even though he should have been present, he shouldn’t be subjected to this kind of treatment. He’s the Chief Justice of Nigeria for crying out loud

  7. He has been saved a notice before the beginning of the trial but they should give him some time to prepare very well

  8. When ll this APC led government start respecting the rule of Law. They should stop all this witchhunting. How can they tried the CJN when they have no juridiction.

  9. In the law before you are summon by a tribunal you’re given time, so please APC Onnoghen shouls be given time o

  10. APC is sentimental party, because mr walter onoughan is from the south south they are looking for a way to remove from that position but they’ll never succussed.

  11. Why must he not be present in this whole things that’s means he have to be defending him self by himself

  12. Wait o, so these people are truly going ahead with this madness? When will rule of law gain its rightful place in this country? This in my view is war against the judiciary. Terrible indeed

  13. That is completely right. Why? because he was not given time to prepare himself. The trial is quite impromptu for my own opinion.

  14. This people just want to destabilize the judiciary system of the country. They should just leave this issue.

  15. Nobody is above the law,but the rule of the law should be followed to the end…why so fast and rush to get him out of office.

  16. I don’t really know where this country is heading to, the due process should be followed and not the other way round. It seems he has something on FG that is why they are rushing to remove him.

  17. WHAT ON EARTH WILL MAKE HIM NOT TO BE PRESENT…ALOT TO THINK ABOUT I GUESS GUILT IS INVOLVED AT THIS TIME

  18. The tribunal chairman need to answer if he actually have the jurisdiction to try the matter. let is be following due process but Nigerian will never agree.

  19. At least he is not a killer, so they should give him time like everyone else to prepare for his case. Why the hurry. Nigerian govt, we are looking clisely

  20. That’s how the case we go until it will be come a close chapter. They should given him enough time to prepare after summoning him to appear in court.

  21. Is it a must for him to appear in court they can start without him in court because of the false allegation against him

  22. Let him get that enough time he wants, you will be given enough time to prepare for his arraignment before being summoned by the tribunal

  23. The man must have run out of the court one he found out he going to get court soon. I hope the police get him again.

  24. He should be given enough time to prepare, so when that time comes, he won’t find any other excuse.

  25. why so fast and rush to get him out of office, is there something we don’t know,and who is fooling who?

  26. No wonder he wasn’t present, when due process was not followed, besides he should be given some time to prepare for his trial

  27. He should be present if they have evidence against him. why is he not present. let him come and answer the questions now

  28. His just buying himself some time because he knows this country is a lawless country and the table can be turned

  29. due process should be followed as ifbit is not followed, it allows for loop holes that can be exploited by the person being prosecuted.

  30. No matter how constructive your lawyer maybe when its time you will see your fate I can see he was not there.

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