Appeal Court reserves judgments on Onnoghen’s four appeals

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Wednesday reserved judgments in the four separate appeals filed by the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnghen, in connection with his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

A three-man bench of the court led by Justice Steven Adah finally heard the appeals on Wednesday after they had previously suffered adjournments on three consecutive occasions.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) led the suspended CJN’s legal team while Mr. Aliyu Umar (SAN), the Federal Government’s.

Meanwhile, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), a member of the appellant’s team, adopted and argued the briefs, while Umar did same for the respondent.

Onnoghen’ appeals are CA/A/44c/2019; CA/A/CA/A/63c/19; CA:A/70c/2019 and CA/A/114c/2019.

Onnoghen is, by his first appeal, challenging the jurisdiction of the CCT to hear the charge against him, being a serving judicial officer.

He is, in the second appeal, querying the propriety of the CCT’s ruling of January 14 this year, in which it elected to hear all pending applications

The third appeal is against the CCT ex-parte order directing Onnoghen to vacate office as CJN and for President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an acting CJN.

The fourth appeal challenges the competence of the warrant of arrest issued against the suspended CJN by the CCT.

The arrest warrant, issued on February 13 this year, was vacated by the CCT on February 15 when Onnoghen voluntarily attended the sitting of the CCT, during which he was arraigned.

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