Court Of Appeal Strikes Out Onnoghen Motion for Stay of Execution
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has actually dismissed a suit submitted by suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, asking the court for stay of execution on his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Court Of Appeal Strikes Out Onnoghen Motion
Today 30th of January, 2019, the court of Appeal in its ruling, stated the charges the suspended CJN is facing at the code of conduct tribunal are criminal in nature and the Appeal court cannot stay a criminal case. It advises Justice Walter Onnoghen to go and defend the allegation of false asset declaration leveled against him by the Federal government. From this ruling by the Court of Appeal, CCT has the jurisdiction to preside over the case. This was the argument Justice Walter Onnoghen brought before the Appeal court.
Recall that the Federal Government took Onnoghen to Code of Conduct Tribunal on alleged crime of false assets declaration, which the CCT have asked the Executive to suspend the Chief Justice of the Nation. He was suspended by the Federal government on 25th January, 2019. This suspension is being criticized by the opposition party, PDP and some members of the NBA, saying the Executive acted without following due process.