– CJN Onnoghen refuses to appear before the CCT today because he was not properly served
– The CCT, a three-man team have re-fixed the arraignment for Jan. 22
The case surrounding the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen is getting difficult by the day.
Although leading law practitioners like Femi Falana (SAN), Afe Babalola (SAN) among others have urged the Federal Government to drop the case against the CJN, the FG has however gone ahead to see to it that the Chief Judge is persecuted.
According to the report, Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen was unavailable to face the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Today.
The CCT headed by Danladi Umar went on to ask the reason behind Onnoghen’s absence.
Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the defense team claimed the CJN need not to be available as he was not well served in accordance with the law.
He added that defense had also filed the motion to challenge the Tribunal’s jurisdiction to hear the case.
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The Persecution team led by, Aliyu Umar in the long run conceded to the fact that the CJN had not been well served as he urged the CCT to serve Walter Onnoghen a noticed as stipulated in the law.
Aliyu Umar in his statement said, “By what the registrar has said, although the defendant was the one who directed his personal assistant to accept service on his behalf and what the law says is that he must be personally served.
“We agree that that the service should be properly done. The processes should be served personally on him.
“If, after the service is done, and the defendant is not present, we can then argue whether or not he needs to be present on the grounds that he has filed a motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court.”
The CCT after hearing both sides have re-fixed the arraignment for Jan. 22 before then the CJN would have been personally served.