By Ikechukwu Nnochiri.
The Standard Procedure Tribunal, CCT, being in Abuja, on Thursday, founded guilty the previous Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on all the six-count charge the Federal Federal government chosen versus him.
Justice Walter Onnoghen.
As part of its sentence, the Mr Danladi Umar-led three-man panel eliminated Justice Onnoghen as both the CJN and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, NJC.
Besides, the CCT prohibited Justice Onnoghen who had actually willingly resigned on April 4, from holding any public workplace for the next 10 years.
It similarly bought that all the cashes that were discovered in 5 savings account that he apparently stopped working to state as part of his possessions, be surrendered to FG.
Mr Umar who checked out the judgment held that Onnoghen’s failure to describe how he accumulated “substantial quantities of cash in his accounts”, was an indicator that the funds were obtained unlawfully.
Earlier prior to the judgment was provided, the panel, dismissed 2 initial objections the previous lodged to challenge the legal propriety of his trial.
Mr Umar held that the CCT had the requisite jurisdiction to attempt the ex-CJN on the claims that he wrongly stated his possessions.
He kept that FG did not breach any part of the law by bye-passing the National Judicial Council, NJC, to submit the charge.
Mr Umar stated the tribunal was minded to overthrow itself by leaving from the position it took in a comparable case the federal government set up versus Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court.
The CCT held that areas 158( 1) and Paragraph 21( 6) of the Third Set up to the1999 Constitution, as changed, was not suitable in the event because FG did not charge the previous CJN as a serving judicial officer, however as a common public officer that acted in breach of the standard procedure for public officers.