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Author: Eagletale
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Onnoghen Loses Appeal to Stop Trial At CCT

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Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, Wednesday lost his appeal seeking stay of proceedings on his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

The President Muhammadu Buhari-Federal Government is prosecuting Onnoghen for alleged false assets declaration.

Onnoghen had, however, approached the Court of Appeal, noting that the CCT has no jurisdiction to preside over the case.

But on Wednesday, a three-man panel of the Court of Appeal led by Abdul Aboki said the charges brought against Onnoghen were criminal in nature and that the proceedings before the CCT cannot be stopped.

According to the appellate court, it lacks the power to stay proceedings in criminal cases, considering the provisions of the criminal justice act.

“A court has inherent jurisdiction to grant stay of proceedings where it is certified that enough evidence has been given for such,” Aboki said.

He added that enough evidence has not been given for a stay of execution, explaining that “order for stay cannot be made in vacuum.”

The court subsequently adjourned the case till February 4 for hearing on Onnoghen’s application challenging the jurisdiction of the CCT on the case.

By this ruling, the CCT can now proceed with Onnoghen’s trial.

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