BEVERLY HILLS, February 13, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has once again called on the Federal Government to discontinue the charges of non-declaration of assets filed against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
In a statement issued by its President, Paul Usoro (SAN), the NBA commended the Federal Government for adhering to due process by submitting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) petition against Justice Onnoghen to the National Judicial Council (NJC) for consideration.
THEWILL recalls that the NJC on Monday, February 11, 2019, gave Justice Onnoghen seven working days to respond to the EFCC petition against him before adjourning its sitting till Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
The association, however, urged the government to allow the NJC conclude investigations into the two petitions so far instituted against Onnoghen at the Council, in adherence to the law and due process.
The NBA said, “Given these nonexhaustive considerations and facts, we press on the Executive arm of the FGN to please discontinue the charge against the CJN when the matter comes up before the CCT tomorrow, Wednesday, 13 February 2019.”