Prosecutor in the ongoing trial of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal said on Tuesday that the Chief Justice must resign his appointment.
Mr Aliu Umar,SAN, in his opening address at the resumed hearing in the matter, said Onnoghen, who was not present at the resumed hearing, had been written, and wondered whether he had received it or not.
The Chief justice is being accused of failing to declare bank accounts despite being a Supreme Court judge since 2005, an offence that contracts the Code of Conduct Act and could see draw penalties if established.
Wole Olanipekun, SAN, leading a team of over 50 defence counsels for Onnoghen, said the judge was absent because of the cases that were instituted against the tribunal’s proceeding.
A federal high court ruled last week that Mr Onnoghen’s tribal be suspended, but many lawyers have argued that the ruling was an anomaly because the tribunal has parallel powers as federal high courts. They argued that only the Court of Appeal could issue rulings that would be binding on the tribunal.
The Court of Appeal fixed January 24 for hearing on the matter. 0