—JUST IN: CCT Orders DSS, others to arrest CJN, Onnoghen
YBTC News—The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on Wednesday, sitting in Abuja, has ordered the Nigeria Police and the Director General of the Department of State Service, DSS,to arrest the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN,Walter Onnoghen, and produce him for trial on Friday.
The order followed an application the Federal Government made for a bench warrant to be issued against the suspended CJN.
The application is coming after Justice Onnoghen failed to appear before the tribunal to enter his plea to the six-count charge pending against him.
Justice Onnoghen who was accused of failing to declare his assets as prescribed by the law, as well as operated foreign bank accounts in contravention of the code of conduct for public officials, had on three previous dates, refused to appear before the CCT for arraignment.
At the resumed proceeding, government lawyer, Aliyu Umar, relied on section 6 (1) of the CCT Practice Direction and section 396 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015, to apply for a bench warrant against the defendant.
“May I draw your attention and the honorable members to the fact that the defendant is not in court today.
“I hereby humbly apply for a warrant of arrest against the defendant”, Umar stated.
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