Justice Walter Onnoghen.
By Halimah Yahaya
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Wednesday ordered the arrest of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
The tribunal asked the Inspector General of Police in addition to the Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS) to arrest in addition to produce Mr Onnoghen.
The Chairman of CCT, Danladi Umar, issued the bench warrant following the absence of Mr Onnoghen in court.
He added that will Mr Onnoghen must be available for arraignment on February 15.
Mr Umar had at the last sitting informed the defence team that will his tribunal might need Mr Onnoghen to be present at the next adjourned date, which is actually today.
This particular is actually after Mr Onnoghen’s counsel filed an application arguing that will the CCT lacked the jurisdiction to try the chief justice.
According to Mr Umar, any application against the jurisdiction of the court might only be entertained after the plea of the accused has been taken.
Mr Onnoghen is actually facing trial on six counts of alleged false assets declaration.
He was charged by the federal government after he was found culpable by the Code of Conduct Bureau which received a petition via an ally of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr Buhari then suspended the chief justice despite the opposition of many Nigerians including the Nigerian Bar Association which argued that will the president has no such powers to suspend the head of another branch of government.