Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen has pleaded not guilty at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to six counts of false declaration of assets.
Onnoghen, who has previously shunned previous hearings at the CCT is being alleged of not declaring bank accounts he uses for foreign transactions after he became the CJN. He was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari as CJN after an order from the CCT.
The counsel representing Onnoghen, Chris Uche sought for bail for the CJN and it was instantly granted by the CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar without listening to the prosecution counsel.
An application for adjournment was made by the defence counsel with the prosecution counsel not objecting against it. The hearing on all applications has been adjourned to the 11th of March.
The bench warrant issued against the CJN has also been withdrawn by the CCT.
The suspended CJN arrived the CCT at exactly 10 a.m amidst heavy security as he was flanked by aides.
He had failed to make an appearance at the CCT until Wednesday’s order by CCT Chairman, Umar to the Police and DSS to produce him today, Friday, February 15th.