CJN Onnoghen’s trial: Tribunal adjourns Onnoghen’s case till January 22

CJN Onnoghen’s trial:  The Code of Conduct Tribunal adjourns Onnoghen’s case involving the charges of non-declaration of assets preferred against the Chief Justice of Nigeria till January 22.

The CCT Charirman Umar Danladi ruled that the tribunal would hear Onnoghen’s motion challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal at the next proceedings, The Punch reports.

CJN Onnoghen’s trial Tribunal adjourns Onnoghen’s case till January 22 lailasnews 2
CJN Onnoghen’s trial Tribunal adjourns Onnoghen’s case till January 22


The tribunal adjourned the case after the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Aliyu Umar (SAN), conceded that Onnoghen was improperly served with the charges and the summons.

Umar conceded that the CJN was not personally served with the charges and the court’s summons, as required by the law.

He, therefore, requested the three-man tribunal led by Danladi Umar to direct a fresh service on the CJN.

Onnoghen was absent from the Monday’s proceedings.

Upon an inquiry by the tribunal chairman about Onnoghen’s absence from court, the defence team led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), said the CJN needed not to be present, having filed a motion to challenge the tribunal’s jurisdiction.

Olanipekun said he and other defence lawyers only appeared in court in protest against the jurisdiction of the tribunal.

He also said that, from the account given by the court official earlier in the proceedings, the CJN was not served with the charges and and summons personally, but through his aide.

Olanipekun insisted that the law requires that the defendant be served personally.

But the prosecuting lawyer said the law only requires the defendant to be aware of the pending charges, and that it was the CJN’s choice to ask his aide to receive the charges and summons on his behalf.

But after a back-and-forth argument that went on for about 45 minutes, the prosecuting counsel conceded that the service of the charges and the summons ought to have been personally served on Onnoghen.

“By what the registrar has said, although the defendant was the one who directed his personal assistant to accept service on his behalf and what the law says is that he must be personally served.

“We agree that the service should be properly done. The processes should be served personally on him.

“If, after the service is done, and the defendant is not present, we can then argue whether or not he needs to be present on the grounds that he has filed a motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court.”

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  1. Nigeria and her leaders. God help your children. CJN absent, not served personally, what does FG really wants? All this for 2019 election.

  2. That is the beginning of their failure in this case. Where people with similar case has been their without appearing in court until proper investigation is conclude. They use just 2 days to investigate CJN.

  3. Haha, after the cousels to the CJN would have finished lecturing the federal government this case would be struck out.. Only the national judicial council has the jurisdiction to entertain this case

  4. This is witch hunt, the fg should allow Nigerians have trust in them, not by trying to strategize every means to succeed in the next election, thank God Onoghen is the Chief Justice of Nigeria and he knows the law, he cannot be intimidated

  5. A whole CJN of a country dragged in the mud like this because of upcoming election. This is not good. Well the adjournmeng will afford them time to build their case

  6. Nothing is done and yet it’s making headline. They didn’t know that the SAN was not well summoned before fixing the date. Confused set of people.

  7. The battle of Law has just started. The court summon was for the CJN but he directed his aide to receive it. So today’s proceeding was not about the issue of asset declaration but about whether or not the CJN was served properly. Hahaha!!!

  8. Nigerian and politics. It is now that election is fast approaching that they remember that the chief justice of federation did not declare assets.they want all means to rig this election.please Nigeria let our vote count.

  9. Yes let the defendant be on ground before anything to be done argument with out a solution is not a way , let respect each other

  10. CJN please after they serve you the notices personal make sure you appear in court so that they will not look for another excuse against you

  11. This whole thing seems dramatic…why haven’t the CJN been served the right way before the proceedings began? Well I hope the adjournment brings about a proper hearings the 22nd of January

  12. Only the national judicial council has the jurisdiction to entertain this case. Well I hope the adjournment brings about a proper hearings

  13. Justice Maha…nice one! I hope the judiciary will wake
    up to its full responsibilities one of which is to rid our
    democracy of wilful tyrants and those who deliberately
    disregard the rule of law/judgments of courts! But why
    January 22? It should have been like March or April

  14. I am tired of hearing this ajornment,since they don’t want to hear advise of dropping the judgement they should do their worst

  15. At the end of the day, all this bruhaha will just die down like the rest of them, the money discovered will not be accounted for, case will no longer be heard about, no so we go de look una.

  16. The CJN has refused to declare his asset and has resulted to all this issues, they should just ensure to settle the matter in true judgement

  17. Where people with similar case has been their without appearing in court until proper investigation is conclude. They use just 2 days to investigate CJN.

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