Onnoghen Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ on Maiden CCT Appearance

Walter Onnoghen, Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), has pleaded “not guilty” to the charges filed against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Onnoghen is being arraigned for a six-count charge bordering on false declaration of assets at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

At the tribunal on Friday, Danladi Umar, CCT chairman, set aside the order for the arrest of Onnoghen before he took his plea.

Umar said the warrant of arrest has been set aside because Onnoghen appeared at the tribunal.

“He must henceforth make himself available throughout the proceedings,” the CCT chairman said.

After the plea was read, Uche Chris, counsel to the suspended CJN, applied for bail, which was granted him on self-recognition.

The charge was adjourned to 11 March 2019.

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