The National Judiciary Council has removed the name and image of the Walter Onnoghen from its membership list on its website.
NJC replace the name and image of the suspended CJN, Onnoghen with that of HON. DR. JUSTICE I. TANKO MUHAMMAD, who is the present acting chief justice of Nigeria.
The Suspended CJN of Nigeria, Onnoghen was alleged with the crime of false declaration of assets by the Buhari led administration, which led to his immediate suspension by Buhari.
Code of conduct tribunal, CCT having announced the day of judgement delivery against Onnoghen after the complete hearing of both the prosecutor and defendant, found the Onnoghen guilty of the crime alleged against him.
On Monday, 18th of April, the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has found Walter Onnoghen, who recently resigned as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), guilty of false declaration of assets in breach of the provisions of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for public officials.
Delivering its judgement on Thursday, the three-man panel chaired by Danladi Umar said the prosecution proved Onnoghen’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Therefore, it convicted him and removed him from office as Chief Justice of Nigeria, as Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC), and as Chairman of the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC).
It also said Onnoghen is to forfeit the money in his five bank domiciliary accounts that were not declared to the Nigerian Government because they were acquired illegally. The tribunal also barred him from holding public office for the next 10 years.
The Chief Justice still in the fight to defend his innocence approach the Appeal Court that he did not get a fair hearing by the CCT and that the Tribunal operated outside its jurisdiction of operation when delivering judgement on him.
In an appeal filed by oncogenes counsels, which consist of Adeboyega Awomolo, Chris Uche, Okon Efut, Ogwu Onoja and George Ibrahim, PM News reports that the embittered Judge said;
“The appellant was at the time the charges were filed on the 11th of January, 2019 before the lower tribunal a judicial officer and was not subject to the jurisdiction of the lower tribunal,” Onnoghen said in-ground one. In-ground two, he asked the CCT chairman to recuse himself from further proceedings.
“Once an allegation of real likelihood of bias is raised, the court or tribunal will have nothing more to say except to wash its hands from further proceedings in the matter.”
In ground 16, Onnoghen said the tribunal erred when it placed on the defendant the burden of proving his innocence which according to him is a violation of section 36 (5) of the constitution, The Cable reports.
“The onus was on the prosecution to prove that the defendant did not declare and submit his assets declaration form to the Code of Conduct Bureau for over 11 years as charged,” he said.
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