Nigeria’s chief justice doesn’t pitch for his own court case

Nigeria Justice Walter Onnoghen. Picture: Twitter.

Nigeria Justice Walter Onnoghen. Picture: Twitter.

Justice Walter Onnoghen is accused of failing to declare his assets before taking office in 2017. 

The planned arraignment and prosecution of Nigeria’s chief justice has been unable to go ahead because he did not show up for the court case against him, the BBC said on Monday.

Despite a packed courtroom waiting to see Justice Walter Onnoghen attend his code of conduct tribunal, he failed to show up in court, the report said.

He is accused of failing to declare his assets before taking office in 2017.

However, Onnoghen said the problem was caused by an administrative error while his lawyers contested the powers of the tribunal to process the case, which they say had not followed due process in the charges that had been brought against the judge.

Forty-five senior lawyers and over 100 junior lawyers were in court to defend the chief justice.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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