The Appeal Court will on Friday deliver judgement in the various appeals filed by the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Justice Onnoghen had filed various appeals concerning his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal where he was tried and convicted for false asset charges.
In his ruling, Justice Usman Danladi said the Tribunal came to the conclusion that the defendant has falsely declared his asset by failing to declare the five accounts listed in the charge sheet.
It, however, remains unclear which of the appeals pending at the appeal court will be decided on Friday, but some of the appeals before the appellate court include an appeal against the decision of the chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, who refused to recuse himself from the matter on allegation of bias by justice Onnoghen.
Justice Onnoghen is also challenging the legality of his trial at the CCT.
He is also challenging the order of the tribunal which instructed the president to suspend him from office, an order President Muhammadu Buhari relied on to suspend the chief justice.
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The Presidency had said Onnoghen’s conviction was s “a major victory for the anti-corruption policy of the Buhari administration”.
The Presidency also said that the conviction of Justice Onnoghen should be a clear signal that the dragnet against corruption will be spread widely to hold public officials accountable, whether they are politicians, Judges, civil servants or holding positions of public trust”.