CJN: Court adjourns case to January 28

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Abideen Muhammed

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has extended the restraining order against the continuation of the trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen to January 28.

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has however, served the charges of false asset declaration it filed against the CJN, directly at his office at the Supreme Court complex, Abuja.

The Abuja court, presided over by Justice N. E. Maha, gave the order after a counsel representing the respondents told the court yesterday that his client had not been served.

The court ordered a fresh service of the court summons to the respondents and asked that the date of service be included in the proof of service before the next hearing.

Before adjourning the matter, Maha ruled that the order for parties to maintain status quo, still stands.

The implications of this order includes among other things that the trial of Mr Onnoghen, scheduled to continue on January 22 at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), may have to be suspended, pending further directives.

Parties expected to appear in court regarding the matter include the CCT chairman, Danladi Umar; the minister of justice, Abubakar Malami; the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu; the National Judicial Council, headed by Mr Onnoghen and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

OJOMEDIALINE learnt that charge and summons had been personally received by the CJN. CJN personally appended his signature to the summons when the officials of the tribunal took it to his office at the Supreme Court.

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