Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen has accused the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) of bias.
The senior judicial officer through his attorneys said the CCT Chairman signed an ex parte directing him, an “unconvicted man to step aside as CJN on account of a charge not yet before him, which is in itself, a conviction prior to arraignment and plea/trial.”
He said Umar could convict him as a plea bargain.
Umar reportedly has a bribery allegation filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He has been asked to disqualify himself from the trial by Onnoghen in a motion filed at the CCT Registry.
Recall that the CCT postponed the date of the definite hearing of Onnoghen’s case to February 13th after a verbal altercation ensued between the CCT Chairman, Umar and Onnoghen’s lead counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo in the Monday proceedings at the CCT.
Awomolo had complained about the manner of address of Umar after the CCT Chairman accused the 72-year old Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN) of employing ‘delay tactics’ in Onnoghen’s case.
Awomolo said he’s never been so ridiculed and spoken to in such way in his 42 years in the legal profession.