Appeal Court Pends Judgment In Onnoghen’s Cases

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Wednesday, February 27, reserved judgments in the four appeals filed by the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.

The court made the decision after all parties had adopted their briefs of arguments.

It also adjourned ruling in a third appeal challenging the exparte order given by the CCT on the strength of which Justice Onnoghen was suspended to a date to be announced to the parties.

Justice Onnoghen had in the appeals challenged his trial at the CCT as well as his suspension.

A three-member panel of the court, led by Stephen Adah, after taking arguments from parties in respect of the appeals, said they would be informed when the judgments are ready.

In his first appeal, Onnoghen is challenging the jurisdiction of CCT to hear the charge against him, being a serving judicial officer.

He is, in the second appeal, querying the propriety of the CCT’s ruling of January 14, in which it elected to hear all pending applications.

The third appeal is against the CCT ex-parte order directing Onnoghen to vacate office as CJN and for President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an acting CJN.

The fourth appeal challenges the competence of the warrant of arrest issued against the suspended CJN by the CCT.

The arrest warrant, issued on February 13, was vacated by the CCT on February 15 when Onnoghen voluntarily attended the sitting of the CCT, during which he was arraigned.


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