By Vivian Okejeme Abuja
Sequel to Court of Appeal ruling on 30th January, refusing to stay proceeding on Justice Walter Onnoghen’s trial, the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has fixed February 4th, for resumption of hearing.
The embattled Justice Onnoghen is facing trial at the tribunal over allegation of non assets declaration, brought against him by the federal government.
A statement signed by the Press and Public Relation officer of the CCT, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, said the decision was reached sequel to a correspondent from Code of Conduct Bureau, applying for the resumption of trial.
The statement said the application of the case was captioned ‘’Application for resumption of trial of the case of FRN V. Hon. Justice Onnoghen Nkanu Walter Samuel case No: CCT/ABJ/01/19, addressed to Hon. Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal, dated 30th January, 2019, jointly signed by Musa Ibrahim Usman (Esq) and Fatima Danjuma Ali (Esq).
The request reads in part; “The above subject refers. This case came up for hearing of preliminary objection to the jurisdiction of the Tribunal on the 28th of Junuary, 2019 but the Tribunal could not proceed due to the pendency of the case at the Court of Appeal.
“However, in the wake of this afternoon, 30th Junuary, 2019 the Court of Appeal has thrown out the appeal.
“Consequently on the above, we urge the Honourable Tribunal to give us a date for resumption of the trial subject to the convenience of the Tribunal, Most obliged my Lord.’’ the statement said.
Onnoghen has since been suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari and replaced with Justice Tanko Mohhamad, as acting CJN.