The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, has declared war against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, asking him to immediately vacate his exalted Office, as the Head of the Nation’s Judiciary, over alleged sundry assets declaration issues.
In a move to force Justice Onnoghen out of Office, the Federal Government will on Monday, January 14, 2019, arraign the CJN before the Justice Danladi Yakubu-led Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, in Abuja, on charges of failure to declare his assets, as required by the law, and for operating Domiciliary Foreign Currency Bank Accounts.
The charge against Justice Onnoghen, has already being filed and served on him, on Friday, at his official residence, in Abuja, preparatory for his appearance at the Tribunal.
The Federal Government among others, is accusing Nigeria’s Head of the Judiciary, of his refusal to declare his assets, in breach of the provisions of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act.
He is also being accused of maintaining domiciliary foreign currencies accounts, which comprises of Dollar Account, Pound Sterling Account, and Euro Account, which are alleged to be contrary to relevant laws, especially for public office holders.
Justice Onnoghen whose appointment suffered unprecedented delay by President Muhammadu Buhari, over undisclosed issues, may be the first CJN in Nigeria to be arraigned for criminal charges by the Federal Government.
Apart from putting the Chief Justice in the dock, on Monday, it was learned that a motion on notice is to be filed against him, praying the Tribunal to order him to vacate his Office, so as to prevent alleged interference in his arraignment and trial.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, name withheld, has been engaged by the Federal Government, to lead the onslaught against Justice Onnoghen, while PRNigeria could not ascertain names of those who will lead the defence team for the CJN.
However, it was gathered that eminent Lawyers have volunteered to put their services at the disposal of Justice Onnoghen, in a bid to rescue him from the claws of the Federal Government.