BREAKING: Federal High Court Delivers Powerful Judgement In Favour Of CJN, Walter Onnoghen, Against Buhari’s FG

By Post-Nigeria: January 14, 2019 15:38

BREAKING: Federal High Court Delivers Powerful Judgement In Favour Of CJN, Walter Onnoghen, Against Buhari’s FG

The Federal High Court, in Abuja, has stopped the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government’s plan to arraign the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The Federal Government through the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, filed a six counts charge of non-declaration of assets against the CJN, on Friday.

He was due for arraignment before the CCT, on Monday, but he was absent from court, today.

However, ruling on two separate exparte applications on Monday, Justice N.E. Maha, ordered the parties to maintain status quo, till January 17.

He ruled in the two different suits, that the defendants should be served with all the papers filed, and they should appear in court at the next hearing.

One of the two suits marked FHC/ABJ/CS/27/2019, was filed by the Incorporated ‎Trustees of the Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative.

Those joined as defendants in the suit, are the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami; the Chairman of CCT, Danladi Umar; the National Judicial Council; the Inspector-General of Police, ‎Ibrahim Idris; and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

‎The other suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/28/2019, was filed by the Incorporated ‎Trustees of the International Association of Students Economists and Management.

The suit has as the defendants, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Malami; the CCT, the CCB, the Chairman of the CCT, Umar Danladi; and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim ‎Idris.

While the exparte application in the suit FHC/ABJ/CS/27/2019, was moved by Mr. R.A. Lawal-Rabana (SAN), before Justice Maha, on Monday, the exparte application filed in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/28/2019, was moved by Mr. Jeph Njikonye.

The applications were filed before the Federal High Court, in Abuja, while the CCT proceedings where Onnoghen was being expected to be arraigned, was ongoing.

‎Justice Onnoghen was however absent at the CCT proceedings, forcing the Tribunal to adjourn till January 22.

Meanwhile, Justice Maha ruled at the Federal High Court, on Monday, that no steps should be taken in respect of the trial, until January 17, when all parties to the two suits should return to court for the hearing of the plaintiffs’ motion on notice.

‎The hearing took place shortly after the CCT proceedings ended on Monday.

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