Report By:David Oghen
WaffiTV:Nigeria’s most senior judge, who has been disputably suspended on corruption charges, was arranged Monday to show up face to face at a tribunal hearing his case.
Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen is confronting allegations that he neglected to proclaim foreign currency bank accounts, rupturing rules overseeing public officials.
He has sent a group of lawyers to speak to him at past hearings.
Be that as it may, on Monday, the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, said “The presence of the defendant is needed at the tribunal”.
“(A) plea must be taken before the defendant can raise any objection as to the competence of the charges or the jurisdiction of the court,” he added.
The case was adjourned until February 13 “so that all issues will be resolved while he (Onnoghen) is present”, Umar told the court.
Onnoghen was charged on January 12 at that point suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 25 — a move that activated allegations of government impedance in the judiciary.
The case is politically charged as Onnoghen heads the Supreme Court, which would give a last managing on any question emerging from general elections due on February 16.
The suspension has been generally scrutinized by the resistance, lawyers and international community, including the European Union, the United States and Britain on the grounds of its timing.
The government has said the suspension isn’t connected to the decision.
Previous military ruler Buhari, 76, has been blamed for exceeding his powers in bypassing parliament, which unavoidably needs to authorize any suspension.
Buhari came to control in 2015 on a mandate to handle corruption however has been blamed for just focusing on political rivals.