Buhari govt orders CJN Onnoghen to vacate office, to arraign him on criminal charges

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The President Muhammadu Buhari led
Federal Government has ordered the Chief
Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter
Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen to immediately
vacate office.
Consequently, the government will on
Monday January 14, 2019 arraign the CJN
before the Justice Danladi Yakubu led-Code
of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja on
charges of failures to declare his assets as
required by law and for operating Bank
Domiciliary Foreign Currency Accounts.
The charge against Justice Onnoghensighted
by PRNigeria has already being filed and
served on him last Friday at his official
residence in Abuja preparatory for his
appearance at the tribunal.
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The Federal Government among others is
accusing Nigeria’s Head of the judiciary of
refusal to declare his assets in breach of the
provision of the Code of Conduct Bureau
Act.
He is also being accused of maintaining
Domiciliary foreign currencies account which
comprised Dollars Account, Pound Sterling
Account and Euro Account which are alleged
to be contrary to relevant laws, especially
for public office holders.
Justice Onnoghen, whose appointment
suffered delay by President Muhammadu
Buhari over undisclosed issues, may be the
first CJN in Nigeria to be arraigned for
criminal charges by the Federal Government.
Apart from putting the Chief Justice in the
dock on Monday, PRNigeria learnt that a
motion on notice is to be filed against him
praying the tribunal to order him to vacate
office and recuse himself from office so as
to prevent alleged interference in his
arraignment and trial.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria was said to
have been engaged by Federal Government
to prosecute Justice Onnoghen.
Already, eminent lawyers have volunteered to
put their services at the disposal of the
CJN.



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