By Ikechukwu Nnochiri.
ABUJA– The Standard Procedure Tribunal, CCT, being in Abuja, has actually bought essential security companies in the nation to jail the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, and produce him for trial on Friday.
The Mr. Danladi Umar-led panel tribunal particularly directed the Inspector General of Authorities and the Director General of the Department of State Service, DSS, to perform the arrest warrant to guarantee that Justice Onnoghen was brought prior to it on the adjourned date.
The order followed an application the Federal Federal government produced a bench warrant to be released versus the suspended CJN.
FG’s made the application after Justice Onnoghen’s stopped working to appear prior to the tribunal to enter his plea to the six-count charge pending versus him.
Justice Onnoghen who was implicated of stopping working to state his properties as recommended by the law, in addition to run foreign savings account in breach of the standard procedure for public authorities, had on 3 previous dates, declined to appear prior to the CCT for arraignment.
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At the resumed case, federal government legal representative, Mr. Aliyu Umar, depended on area 6 (1) of the CCT Practice Instructions and area 396 of the Administration of Bad Guy Justice Act, ACJA, 2015, to get a bench warrant versus the offender.
” Might I draw your attention and the respectable members to the reality that the offender is not in court today.
” I thus humbly get a warrant of arrest versus the offender”, Umar specified.
Nevertheless, counsel to the embattled CJN, Chief Adegboyega Awolowo, SAN, prompted the tribunal to decline the application and continue with hearing Onnoghen’s movement challenging the jurisdiction of the CCT and legal skills of the charge versus him.
Awomolo even more count on area 35 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution, as modified, to argue that the tribunal should first of all identify the problem of its stability and impartiality, prior to continuing with the trial.
Besides, he argued that the existence of the offender was not compulsory throughout hearing of an objection to the charge, including that the Mr. Danladi Umar led tribunal previously adjourned to hear all the pending.
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” The offender is entitled to reasonable trial and reasonable hearing and the constitution has actually mandated that he needs to be managed every center to develop his innocence.
” A criminal trial is a major matter that impacts the liberty of a person.
” The application that the tribunal ought to provide a bench warrant is maltreating by the prosecution. The tribunal is prompted to protect the offender’s rights”, Awomolo pleaded.