The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Thursday, April 18 ordered the forfeiture of all money in the account of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, which he did not declare.
Delivering the ruling, Justice Danladi Umar, also banned Onnoghen from holding any public office for ten years.
The CCT has ordered the removal of Onnoghen as CJN and as chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
Onnoghen’s travail started when a petition was filed by the civil rights group at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) alleging that he owns “sundry accounts primarily funded through cash deposits made by himself up to as recently as Aug. 10, 2016, which appear to have been run in a manner inconsistent with financial transparency and the code of conduct for public officials.”
The trial commenced on January 14, 2019, at Code of Conduct Tribunal but Onnoghen was absent
The case was then adjourned to the following week because Onnoghen faulted the summons procedure.
The next hearing was slated for January 22, 2019, but he failed to show up in court again.
Following his absence again, President Muhammadu Buhari suspended him on January 26 and appointed Tanko Ibrahim as acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.