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The Nigeria Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT in Abuja has welcome the six-count charge the Federal Government lodged against the chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, and stated that it should be served on him in person.

However, the three-man panel of Justices of the tribunal led by Justice Danladi Umar not only welcome the suit but also fixed Tuesday next week for the CJN to appear before it to enter his plea to the charges in readiness for his trial.

This decision was as a result of his failure to appear at the CCT on Monday, while the lead prosecuting counsel,Mr.  Aliyu Umar, SAN, told the Tribunal that CJN Onnoghen directed his personal assistant to received the charge on his behalf.

The CJN was expected to appear before the Danladi Umar-led tribunal on Monday to defend cases hinged  on failure to declare his assets.
Danladi Umar had demanded to know why the CJN absconded  in court and if he was personally served with the charge.
Alhaji Aliyu Umar, the prosecuting counsel team leader told  the court that the CJN was served via one of his personal assistants.

He said In his words, “When we went to his house, he directed his personal assistant to collect the charge on his behalf. His personal assistant endorsed it, so he has been served.”
The judge, however, directed that the CJN be served personally and adjourned the matter till next week Tuesday as the court awaits the CJN's response to the charge against him.

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