FG to arraign CJN Onnoghen for non-declaration of assets Monday

Federal Government will on Monday arraign Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Mr Walter Onnoghen, at Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for non-declaration of assets.

A statement by Head, Press & Public Relations, Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Mr Ibraheem Al-Hassan, Saturday, confirmed the scheduled arraignment of CJN on Monday, January 14,  on a six count criminal charge bordering on non-declaration of his assets.

Al-Hassan said the arraignment was sequel to an application filed by Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to CCT Chairman Friday for the trial to commence against CJN.

He added that service of summons had been effected to the Defendant, while the three man panel led by Mr Danladi Umar, will commence the trial on  Monday, 14th January, 2019 at its  courtroom, situated at the headquarters, along Jabi Daki biyu, Saloman Lar way, Abuja, at about 10:00am.

“The application was filed yesterday by operatives of CCB, dated 11th January, 2019 and signed by Musa Ibrahim Usman and Fatima Danjuma Ali, containing 6 count charges on non declaration of asset”, part of the statement read.

It was also learnt that FG in addition plans to file a motion on notice praying the tribunal to order the CJN to vacate office and recuse himself from any aspect of the case as chairman of National Judicial Council so as to prevent alleged interference in his arraignment and trial.

 

The Six-count Charge against Onnoghen:

Count 1: That you, Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen CJN, GCON between June 8, 2005 to December 14, 2016 being a public officer, serving as a Judicial Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria failed to declare and submit a written declaration of all your assets and liabilities within the prescribed period of (3) months after being sworn-in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the 8 day of June, 2005 and you thereby contravened the provisions of section 15(1) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act Cap 15 LFN 2004 and punishable under section 23(2) a, b and c of the same Act.

In counts 2 to 6, Onnoghen was accused of falsely declaring his assets by omitting to declare funds in his domiciliary accounts as well as an e- saving accounts both in local and foreign currencies, all in Standard Chartered Banks, Wuse, Abuja.

Count 3: That you, Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen CJN, GCON, being a public officer as a Justice of the Supreme Court is under a duty to declare his assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau on or about December 14, 2016, falsely declare your assets in your asset declaration form CCB 1, after you were sworn-in as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria by omitting to declare a domiciliary (Euro) account number 93001062686 maintained with Standard Chartered Bank (Nigeria) limited Wuse 2, Abuja, which is being operated since 2011 and you thereby contravened the provisions of section 15(2) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act Cap 15 LFN 2004 and punishable under section 23(2) a, b and c of the same Act.

Count 4: That you, Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen CJN, GCON, being a public officer as a Justice of the Supreme Court is under a duty to declare his assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau on or about December 14, 2016, falsely declare your assets in your asset declaration form CCB 1, after you were sworn-in as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria by omitting to declare a domiciliary (Pounds Sterling) account number 285001062679 maintained with Standard Chartered Bank (Nigeria) limited Wuse 2, Abuja, which is being operated since 2011 and you thereby contravened the provisions of section 15(2) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act Cap 15 LFN 2004 and punishable under section 23(2) a, b and c of the same Act.

Count 5: That you, Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen CJN, GCON, being a public officer as a Justice of the Supreme Court is under a duty to declare his assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau on or about December 14, 2016, falsely declare your assets in your asset declaration form CCB 1, after you were sworn-in as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria by omitting to declare an e-saver savings (naira) account number 5001062693 maintained with Standard Chartered Bank (Nigeria) limited Wuse 2, Abuja, which is being operated since 2011 and you thereby contravened the provisions of section 15(2) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act Cap 15 LFN 2004 and punishable under section 23(2) a, b and c of the same Act.

Count 6: That you, Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen CJN, GCON, being a public officer as a Justice of the Supreme Court is under a duty to declare his assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau on or about December 14, 2016, failed to declare in your asset declaration form CCB 1, after you were sworn-in as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria a naira account number 010001062667 maintained with Standard Chartered Bank (Nigeria) limited Wuse 2, Abuja, which is being operated since 2011 and you thereby contravened the provisions of section 15(2) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act Cap 15 LFN 2004 and punishable under section 23(2) a, b and c of the same Act.

 

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