CJN Onnoghen Absent as 30 SANs, 47 other Lawyers Storm CCT for his Defence

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The proceedings of the scheduled arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria,
Justice Walter Onnoghen, has started but he is nowhere to be found.

The members of the Danladi Umar-led three-man tribunal arrived in the courtroom at
exactly 10am.

At 10.01am, the matter was called.

The court official who announced the case observed that CJN was not present and then notified the tribunal chairman of the development.

After the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Ali Umar (SAN), announced his appearance, the tribunal asked the court official whether the CJN had been served with the charges and summons.

The court official confirmed that the CJN was served through his personal assistant.

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He said, “He was served through his personal assistant. We went to his house and the defendant directed his personal
assistant to collect the charge on his behalf.

“So the defendant has been served.”

Skytrendnews reports that about 30 SANs led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) with about 47 other lawyers, making about 87 were on record as appearing for
the CJN on Monday.

A team of lawyers led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), has arrived the Code Conduct Tribunal in Abuja to defend the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, who is scheduled for arraignment
before the tribunal in the Monday’s proceedings.

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As of the time of filing this report at about 9.17am on Monday, the CJN has not been
seen on the tribunal’s premises for the
proceedings scheduled to start by 10am.

Some Senior Advocates of Nigeria in his defence team who were already seated
before 9am awaiting the commencement of
the proceedings included, Chief Chris Uche,
Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, Sebastine Hon,
Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, Kehinde Ogunwumiju, and A.T Kehinde.

All the senior lawyers are in court with their
teeming juniors.

But the team of lawyers comprising a handful of senior lawyers and other junior ones has been technically disbanded.

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Meanwhile, a former Director of Public Prosecution in Kano State, Aliyu Umar (SAN),
is going to lead the government prosecution’s team.

Umar arrived the CCT at about 9.10am.

He was one of the senior lawyers appointed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), as part of what was meant to be the government’s prosecution team in 2016.

Umar led the government’s prosecution team
that was to prosecute the Senate President
Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike
Ekweremadu for alleged forgery of Senate
rules.

The charges were later withdrawn from
court by the Umar-led legal team.

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