Onnoghen pleads not responsible to false asset fees

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has pleaded not responsible to fees of false asset declaration introduced in opposition to him by the Nigerian authorities.

The CJN is going through six fees for the alleged offence.

Mr Onnoghen, who was introduced earlier than the tribunal on January 14, is accused of failing to declare financial institution accounts used for the switch of foreign currency aftee his appointment as CJN.

After taking his pleas, Mr Onnoghen’s lawyer, Chris Uche, requested for the bail of his consumer.

The request was instantly granted by the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, with out listening to from the prosecution.

An software for an adjournment was made by the defence counsel, and was not objected by the prosecution.

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Mr Onnoghen, who refused to sit contained in the dock, was nonetheless standing on the time of submitting this report.

Donning a black go well with with a brown tie, Mr Onnoghen stood along with his fingers wrapped round his again for many components of the proceedings.

He arrived the CCT at about 10.00 a.m. on Friday, two days after the tribunal ordered his arrest.

The justice had boycotted earlier hearings, as he contested the powers of the tribunal to listen to the case of alleged asset falsification in opposition to him.

On Friday, Mr Onnoghen arrived the tribunal within the Jabi district of Abuja at about 10.00 a.m. amidst heavy safety.

His convoy of Toyota Land Cruisers parked exterior the tribunal corridor for a number of minutes earlier than Mr Onnoghen walked into the court docket room flanked by aides and safety.

Mr Onnoghen was suspended by President Muhammad Buhari after fees have been filed in opposition to him on the CCT.

His suspension, extensively deemed unconstitutional, sparked widespread condemnation with many Nigerians alleging political motivation.