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Onnoghen files for appeal against CCT judgement

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The ‘ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN)’, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has rejected the judgement of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) which convicted him of six counts of false declaration of assets preferred against him by the Federal Government. 

Shortly after the judgement delivered on Thursday, the judge filed a notice of appeal at the Court of Appeal in Abuja to challenge the ruling of the Tribunal.

In the notice, a copy of which was obtained by Global Sentinel, the “Federal Government of Nigeria” was listed as the only respondent.

Part of it read, “Take notice that the appellant herein, Justice Onnoghen Nkanu Walter Samuel being dissatisfied with the rulings/judgement of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Coram Danladi Umar (Chairman), William Atedze (Member I) and Julie A Anakor (Member II) delivered on the 18th of April, 2019, wherein it ruled on the application challenging its jurisdiction and to recuse itself from the proceedings as well the judgement on the substantive matter against the appellant, do hereby appeal upon the grounds set out in paragraph 3 hereof and will at the hearing of the appeal, seek the reliefs and orders set out in paragraph 4.”

The CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar, in his judgement on Thursday, found Onnoghen guilty of false assets declaration.

Consequently, Umar went further to ‘sack’ him as the CJN, froze his five accounts and bar him from from holding public office for a period of 10 years.

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