Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen has cried out over what he describes as ploy to delay the filing of his appeal.
The former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has said that the non-release of the judgement of the Code of Conduct Tribunal that found him guilty of breach of Code of Conduct rules for public officers is delaying the proper filing of his appeal against the judgement.
Recall that chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, had last week convicted Justice Onnoghen for non-declaration of his assets and also barred him from holding public office for 10 years.
Few hours after the judgement was delivered, Justice Onnoghen approached the court of appeal, Abuja division to file a notice of appeal against the judgement.
Speaking with Leadership newspaper, Counsel to the retired CJN, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, said on Wednesday that their inability to get a copy of the judgement since the day it was delivered was making it difficult for them to pursue the notice of appeal already before the court.
‘’We’ve not been able to get a copy of the judgement. Until we are able to get it, we can’t pursue our appeal.
We need to transmit the record to the appeal court from the tribunal and until that is done, we can’t do anything as regards the appeal,’’ he said.
Onnoghen’s Conviction Was Scripted… Tanko Yakassi Opines
Elder statesman, Malam Tanko Yakasai, has faulted the conviction by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) of former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen.
In a statement yesterday, he maintained that the ex-CJN’s ordeal, prompted by petitioner Dennis Aghanya, was politically motivated.
Juxtaposing the pace at which the Federal Government prosecuted Onnoghen with that of erstwhile Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, the senior citizen accused President Muhammadu Buhari of double standards, insisting that the anti-corruption campaign was targeted at perceived enemies of his administration.
He said: “It will be recalled that the matter started with a petition written to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) by a political gladiator called Dennis Aghanya on January 7, 2019.
“The man was a political associate of President Muhammadu Buhari from their days in the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in which the president was the candidate while Aghanya was national publicity secretary.
“After the collapse of the CPC into what we now know as the All Progressives Congress (APC) under which platform General Muhammadu Buhari became Nigeria’s president, Dennis Aghanya has been in the corridors of power.
“The man wrote his petition on January 7, which he submitted to the CCB, after two days. It took the CCB only two days to investigate all the allegations the man made against Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen and concluded the investigation, and forwarded the matter to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
“It took the CCT one day to prepare their charges against Justice Onnoghen. He was asked to appear before the Tribunal in a matter of six days from the first day the petition was written to the CCB.”
The elder statement further alleged that the whole scenario was scripted to achieve a pre-determined end.
Source: Daily Post
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