Emerging report indicates that the Code of Conduct of Tribunal (CCT) has fixed Thursday, April 18 for ruling in the false asset declaration charge leveled against suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN Justice Walter Onnoghen.
yans gathered that Umar Danladi, CCT chairman, gave the ruling on Monday after the prosecution and defense counsels adopted their written addresses.
Umar said the court will also, on Thursday, deliver two rulings earlier reserved on two applications by the defendants, first challenging the tribunal’s jurisdiction and the other asking the tribunal Chairman to recuse himself from the case.
Onnoghen is standing trial for six-count charge bordering on false asset declaration.
FG had in the charge marked CCT/ABJ/01/19, alleged that Onnoghen’s failure to properly declare his assets, was in violation of section 15(2) of Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.
It further alleged that the ex-CJN who was suspended from office by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 25, operated five foreign bank accounts, contrary to the code of conduct for public officers.
However, in opposition to his trial, Justice Onnoghen, queried the validity of the charge against him, stressing that FG violated established judicial precedents by not allowing the National Judicial Council, NJC, to firstly investigate the allegation against him, before it rushed the matter to the CCT.
Onnoghen according to reports has since resigned his position as Chief Justice of Nigeria.