Connect with us

Nigeria In One Minute

Legal giants clash over CJN Onnoghen’s trial



Legal giants tendered various views yesterday on the plan to arraign today Chief Juctice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for alleged false assets declaration.

To Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), Justice Onnonghen should have been reported to the National Judicial Council (NJC) instead of being taken before the CCT.

But, the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) chairman Itse Sagay disagreed.

In Prof. Sagay’s view, the question of Jurisdiction should not arise. “I think at the level of the officer we’re talking about now, we shouldn’t be talking of the substance. Did he or did he not do it? That’s all,” he said.

The Court of Appeal had held in the Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa case that it would amount to the usurpation of NJC’s powers if any judicial officer commits a professional misconduct within the scope of his duty and is investigated, arrested and subsequently prosecuted without a formal complaint/ report to the NJC.

The Nation, January 14, 2019

Join the conversation


Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism

Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.

As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.

If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.

Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.

Donate Now