Mon. Aug 19th, 2019

CCT Trial: ‘You are biased in your judgement’ – Onnoghen


The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen has criticized the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar.

Onnoghen explained he can’t appear before the CCT due to the jaundiced view Umar has of him.

The CJN further reiterated that justice is rooted in confidence and he has no confidence in the panel to carry out their tasks in a just way.

He accused Umar of being the sole mind behind the ex-parte order on which President Muhammadu Buhari acted to suspend him.


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed a charge against Onnoghen for receiving money bribe in the sum of N10, 000,000.00 in charge No: CR/109/18 in FCT High Court.

The suspended CJN made this argument in a motion filed for him on Monday by a team of lawyers led by Chris Uche.

The content of the motion seems a direct response to the directive given, on February 4 this year, by the CCT Chairman, to the effect that Onnoghen must attend the next proceedings at the CCT for him to be arraigned on the charge pending against him.

The motion on notice directs “the honourable Chairman of the tribunal, Honourable Danladi Umar to disqualify/recuse himself from further participating in the adjudication of this case on the ground of real likelihood of bias.”

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