BREAKING: CCT judgment on Onnoghen shifted from 9am till noon

BREAKING: CCT judgment on Onnoghen shifted from 9am till noon


The judgment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Justice Walter Onnoghen , who is being prosecuted on charges of assets declaration breaches , has been shifted from 9 am the originally scheduled time , till noon on Thursday .

Onnoghen had arrived the premises of the tribunal at 8 .40 am ahead of the judgment .

Only two of his lawyers and a handful of his aides were seated in the courtroom when a court official announced the postponement at 9 am .

No member of the prosecution team was in court when the postponement was announced

None of them arrived as of the time of filing this report at 9. 11 am .

Onnoghen had yet to step out of his vehicle as of the time the postponement was announced .

His convoy left the premises as soon as the information about the new development reached him.

The Chairman of the CCT , Danladi Umar, after the prosecution and the defence, made closing arguments on Monday , specifically fixed judgment for 9 am on Thursday , a departure from the usual 10 am sitting time of the tribunal .

Onnoghen reportedly resigned on April 4 , he was charged with alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers before the CCT on January 11 , 2019 , as a sitting CJN .

Specifically , the Federal Government , acting through the Code of Conduct Bureau , had on January 11 , filed against Onnoghen , six counts, accusing him in the first count of failure to declare his assets to the bureau between June 2005 and December 14 , 2016 .

In the rest of the five counts , the defendant was alleged to have falsely declared his assets on December 14 , 2016 , by allegedly omitting to declare his domiciliary dollar , euro and pound sterling accounts as well as his two naira accounts, all maintained with Standard Chartered Bank ( Nig.) Ltd.

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