FG after CJN: He has been asked to resign his position

Femi Falana calls for withdrawal of all charges against the CJN

The Federal Government has asked the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, to immediately vacate his exalted office as Head of the Nation’s judiciary over alleged sundry asset declaration issues.

In a move to force Justice Onnoghen out of office, the Federal Government will on January 14, 2019 arraigned the CJN before the Justice Danladi Yakubu-led

Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja on charges of failure to declare his assets as required by law and for operating Domiciliary Accounts.

The charge, sighted by PRNigeria against Justice Onnoghen, has already been filed and served on him on Friday at his official residence in Abuja, preparatory for his appearance at the tribunal.

The Federal Government among others is accusing Nigeria’s Head of the Judiciary of refusal to declare his assets in breach of the provision of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act.

He is also being accused of maintaining domiciliary accounts made up of Dollars, Pound Sterling and Euro Accounts, which are alleged to be contrary to relevant laws, especially for public office holders.

Justice Onnoghen, whose appointment suffered unprecedented delay by President Muhammadu Buhari over

undisclosed issues, may be the first CJN in Nigeria to be arraigned for criminal charges by the Federal Government.

Apart from putting the Chief Justice in the dock on Monday, PRNigeria learnt that a motion on notice is to be filed against him, praying the tribunal to

order him to vacate office and recuse himself of the office so as to prevent alleged interference in his arraignment and trial.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who sought anonymity, has been engaged by the Federal Government to lead the onslaught against Justice Onnoghen,

while PRNigeria could not ascertain the names of those who will lead the defence team for the CJN.

It was gathered that eminent lawyers have volunteered to put their services at the disposal of Justice Onnoghen in the bid to rescue him from the claws of the government.



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