CJN Onnoghen Trial: Court stops Chief Justice of Nigeria’s planned Arraignment

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen absent as his corruption Trial begins

A Federal High Court which sat today in Abuja has reportedly stopped the Chief Justice of Nigeria’s planned arraignment by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Justice Evelyn Maha of the Federal High Court, Abuja, who ruled on two ex-parte applications on Monday, ordered parties to maintain the status quo and also not to take any further steps in respect of the trial until January 17 when all parties to both suits are to return.

While the ex parte application in the suit FHC/ABJ/CS/27/2019 was moved by Mr R.A Lawal-Rabana (SAN), before Justice Maha on Monday, the ex parte application filed in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/28/2019 ‎was moved by Mr Jeph Njikonye.

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The court which stopped the Chief Justice of Nigeria’s planned arraignment also ordered the service of court”s documents in relation to the substantive suits on the defendants and adjourned to January 17 for parties to appear for the possible hearing.

Justice Onnoghen was however absent at the CCT proceedings forcing the tribunal to adjourn till January 22.

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