March 20, 2019

Asset declaration: CJN Onnoghen to be arraigned over refusal to declare asset

Asset declaration: CJN Onnoghen to be arraigned over refusal to declare asset

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, might face arraignment on Monday before a Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) led by Danladi Umar for allegedly refusing to declare his assets as required by the law.

As a result of the situation, the Federal Government (FG) has requested him to vacate office over corrupt practices.

The call for CJN’s resignation followed an application filed by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for CJN’s arraignment and commencement of his trial on a six-count charge levelled against him by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

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A group named Anti-corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative (ARDI) had reportedly filed a petition against the CCB over some reported illegal financial dealings uncovered in the bank accounts of the Onnoghen.

The letter dated January 7, bore a CCB ‘received’ stamp allegedly from the office of the chairman of the bureau on January 9.

Some of the allegations filed against Onnoghen reported the CJN “is the owner of sundry accounts primarily funded through cash deposits made by himself up to August 10, 2016, which was allegedly operated in a manner inconsistent with financial transparency and the code of conduct for public officials.”

The petition further claimed that Onnoghen refused to declare his assets immediately he resumed his role as the CJN.

The group explained this is contrary to section 15 (1) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

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