Suspended Chief Justice Of Nigeria Onnoghen Rejects Conviction

Onnoghen Rejects Conviction

Justice Walter Onnoghen, the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, who was Thursday convicted on six counts bordering on false declaration of his assets, removed from office and barred from holding public office for ten years by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), has appealed the judgment of the court at the Court of Appeal.

Onnoghen’s lawyers filed the appeal moments after the court convicted him in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

The federal government was listed as the only respondent in the appeal filing made available to the media.

Onnoghen said the CCT erred in law when it dismissed his application challenging its jurisdiction and thus, occasioned a grave miscarriage of justice, adding that the Tribunal erred in law when it dismissed his application seeking the chairman to recuse himself from further proceedings on the ground of “bias”.

The embattled justice however, sought an order of the appeal court allowing his appeal and that the CCT lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the case. He also asked the court to set aside his conviction as well as discharge and acquit him, among other prayers.

Source – Thewillnigeria.

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