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CCT: ONNOGHEN IS GUILTY AS CHARGED

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has found the former Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN) Walter Onnoghen, guilty of false assets declaration.

The Tribunal, having considered the submission of the prosecution and the statement and evidence before it, the Tribunal finds them worthy of consideration and more than enough to hold the view that the defendant has contravened the provisions of Code of Conduct for Public Officers.

The Tribunal Chairman says it is contained in evidence 6, where the defendant admitted by himself that he forgot to declare his assets. He also held that the issue of partial declaration does not arise.

He adds that the Tribunal believes the facts that are before it, since the defense has failed to disprove it.

He also held that it is crystal clear that the defendant was in clear breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers.

The Tribunal Chairman further added that the CCT is not an appendage of the Presidency.

The Tribunal has come to the conclusion that the defendant has falsely declared his asset by failing to declare those five accounts listed on the charge sheet.

The Tribunal Chairman asked the defence team if it has any thing to say, following which the team and ex-CJN Onnoghen answered in the negative.

He has been convicted.

He is removed from office as the Chief Justice of Nigeria and as the Chairman of the NJC. He is further banned from holding any public office for the next ten years.

The Tribunal Chairman further orders that all monies in the account in question are seized and forfeited to the Federal Government, based on the fact that he failed to show the Tribunal how he acquired the monies in that account.

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