CCT Defers Ruling on Onnoghen’s Objections Indefinitely,Orders Day-to-Day Trial

The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Monday adjourned indefinitely its rulings on two separate motions filed by the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to challenge the tribunal’s jurisdiction to entertain the charges of non-declaration of assets preferred against him by the Federal Government.The Chairman of the CCT, Danladi Umar, said the rulings on the motions would be delivered along with the final judgement on the case at the end of trial.The tribunal, by its decision, dismissed the consenting submissions of the prosecution team, led by Mr Aliyu Umar (SAN); and the defence team, led by Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN). Both had contended that the rulings on the applications should precede the commencement of the trial.Umar, who did not make any reference to the submissions by the prosecution and the defence, ruled that the tribunal believed the rulings on the suspended CJN’s motions could be delivered at the end of the trial along with the final the judgement on the main case.

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