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    Onnoghen’s removal has ‘taken away the confidence’ of judges

Onnoghen’s removal has ‘taken away the confidence’ of judges

A group known as the Justice Reform Project has described the "unceremonious removal" of Walter Onnoghen, former chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), as a signal of a crisis in the administration of justice in the country.   Citing an order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Onnoghen over allegations of false declaration of assets in January.Onngoghen, [...]

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    Buhari: I was reluctant to deal with Onnoghen

Buhari: I was reluctant to deal with Onnoghen

President Muhammadu Buhari says he was reluctant to deal with Walter Onnoghen, former chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).The president had suspended the ex-CJN before he was charged with false assets declaration at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).Speaking when leaders of Afenifere, a Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, visited him on Tuesday, Buhari said Onnoghen had to go because he acted in violation [...]

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    A’court strikes out four appeals of Onnoghen but faults his suspension (updated)

A’court strikes out four appeals of Onnoghen but faults his suspension (updated)

The court of appeal sitting in Abuja on Friday struck out four appeals filed by Walter Onnoghen, former chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), on his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).The CCT had convicted Onnoghen on six counts bordering on false assets declaration and ordered that he should be removed from office. It also banned him from holding [...]

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    Appeal court fixes Friday for judgement on Onnoghen

Appeal court fixes Friday for judgement on Onnoghen

The appeal court says it will deliver judgement on the appeal filed by Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), on Friday.The announcement was contained in a statement issued by Sa'adatu Kachalla, spokesperson of the court, on Thursday ."Notice is hereby given. That The Appeal filed by Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen is ripe for judgement, tomorrow morning in Abuja [...]

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    Fallouts from Onnoghen’s trial and conviction

Fallouts from Onnoghen’s trial and conviction

Walter Onnoghen’s nearly 100-day suspense-packed thriller with the Code of Conduct Tribunal finally came to a conclusion on April 18 2019. He was found him guilty of not declaring some of his assets and removed as the Chief Judge of Nigeria. The tribunal also barred him from holding public office for ten years and recommended the forfeiture to the government [...]

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    Onnoghen’s conviction is victory for Buhari’s corruption fight, says Garba Shehu

Onnoghen’s conviction is victory for Buhari’s corruption fight, says Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, says the war against corruption is all encompassing and not designed to persecute anyone for political or other reasons.Shehu disclosed this in a statement while reacting to the conviction of Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), in Abuja on Thursday.He said the conviction of Onnoghen [...]

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    Onnoghen’s lawyer describes CCT judgement as a breach of justice

Onnoghen’s lawyer describes CCT judgement as a breach of justice

Okon Efut, lead counsel to Walter Onnoghen, says the judgement passed by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on the suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) is a breach of justice and equity.Efut spoke with journalists after the conviction of Onnoghen for false asset declaration by the CCT, on Thursday.Danladi Umar, CCT chairman, had found Onnoghen guilty of the six [...]

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    Onnoghen rejects CCT judgement, heads to appeal court

Onnoghen rejects CCT judgement, heads to appeal court

Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria, has rejected the judgement of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).Danladi Umar, CCT chairman, had found Onnoghen guilty of the six counts preferred against him by the federal government.Umar, therefore, ordered that Onnoghen be removed from office of CJN and banned from holding public office for 10 years.He also ordered the forfeiture of the money [...]

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    CCT finds Onnoghen guilty, bars him from public office for 10 years

CCT finds Onnoghen guilty, bars him from public office for 10 years

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has convicted Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), for false asset declaration.Danladi Umar, CCT chairman, found him guilty of the six counts preferred against him by the federal government.The CCT chairman ordered that Onnoghen be removed from office of CJN and banned from holding public office for 10 years.The tribunal also ordered [...]

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    CCT dismisses Onnoghen’s application challenging its jurisdiction

CCT dismisses Onnoghen’s application challenging its jurisdiction

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) says it has jurisdiction to try Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).Danladi Umar, CCT chairman, gave the ruling on Thursday, saying Onnoghen is not being charged as a judicial officer but a public officer.He also refused to recuse himself from the case."Without the chairman there is no CCT," he ruled.The suspended CJN had earlier [...]

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    CCT fixes Thursday for judgement in Onnoghen’s trial

CCT fixes Thursday for judgement in Onnoghen’s trial

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has fixed Thursday for judgement in the case against Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).Umar Danladi, CCT chairman, gave the ruling on Monday after the prosecution and defence counsels adopted their written addresses.Onnoghen is standing trial for six-count charge bordering on false asset declaration.Umar Danladi, CCT chairman, gave the ruling on Monday [...]

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Ozekhome: Onnoghen resigned because the cabal had sealed his fate

Mike Ozekhome, human rights lawyer, says Walter Onnoghen resigned as chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) because he knew his fate had been pre-determined by the cabal.Onnoghen turned in his resignation letter on Thursday, a day after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended that he be compulsorily retired.In a piece Ozekhome wrote on the travails of the former CJN, the senior lawyer [...]

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    TIMELINE: From delayed confirmation to resignation — Onnoghen’s days as CJN

TIMELINE: From delayed confirmation to resignation — Onnoghen’s days as CJN

Walter Onnoghen is the first chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) to be thrown into a dock labeled "defendant box".The exalted seat of the CJN makes it almost impossible to see the other side of the judicial process.Weeks before the commencement of his trial over alleged false assets declaration, TheCable reported that the Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative (ARDI), a civil [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Onnoghen resigns  as CJN ‘with immediate effect’

EXCLUSIVE: Onnoghen resigns as CJN ‘with immediate effect’

Walter Onnoghen has resigned as the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) with immediate effect, TheCable can report.He turned in his resignation letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday evening, a day after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended that he be compulsorily retired for misconduct.By virtue of section 306 of the 1999 constitution, his resignation takes immediate effect.Section 306 says "(1) [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Onnoghen stands to get N2.5bn benefits in ‘soft landing’ option

EXCLUSIVE: Onnoghen stands to get N2.5bn benefits in ‘soft landing’ option

If President Muhammadu Buhari goes by the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Walter Onnoghen, the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) could get retirement benefits in cash and kind up to N2.5 billion, checks by TheCable have revealed.As part of the package for a retired chief justice, a house will be built for him in Abuja with a nine-digit [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: NJC recommends Onnoghen for retirement

EXCLUSIVE: NJC recommends Onnoghen for retirement

The National Judicial Commission (NJC) has recommended Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), for compulsory retirement, TheCable understands.After deliberating on the petition filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, members of the NJC unanimously agreed that Onnoghen has lost the moral authority to continue as CJN with the litany of allegations bordering on misconduct.The NJC [...]

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