JUST IN: Onnoghen Files For Appeal

The embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, who was recently sacked by the CCT on Thursday, has raised an appeal stateing the tribunal has erred in law.

Justice Onnoghen made a reference to the court of appeal’s decision in the case of Nganjiwa versus the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the effect that at the time the charges were filed, the NJC was not seized of the petition on the matter.

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Among the particulars of error listed is the decision of the tribunal itself when it discharged and acquitted Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the supreme court on grounds that the NJC had not first considered the issue against him.

Another ground of appeal raised by Justice Onnoghen is that CCT erred when it held the view that he made a false statement by his omission to declare the account numbers in the standard chartered bank.

In the particulars of error, Justice Onnoghen cited section 15 sub two of the conduct bureau and tribunal act which provides that there must be verified before a conclusion as to a false declaration.

In the case, the appellant states that no such verification was done but the tribunal went ahead to make erroneous conclusions.

The notice of appeal which was signed by Justice Onnoghen himself is seeking a setting aside of his conviction and an order of discharge and acquittal.

It was stamped received on Thursday by the registrar of the Abuja division of the court of appeal.

 

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