The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has found the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen guilty of false and non-declaration of assets.
The tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, while passing judgment in the case on Thursday, insisted that the prosecution had proven the case beyond reasonable doubt. He held that Onnoghen is convicted as follows:
Removed from office as CJN and Chairman of NJC
Banned from holding office for the period of 10 years
The money in the 5 accounts that the defendant did not declare be confiscated, seized and forfeited to the FGN as it is proven that the money was illegally gotten and the defendant has not provided any evidence of how he got them. Before his punishments were read to him, the tribunal gave opportunity for allocutus.
However, counsel to Onnoghen, Okon Efut (SAN), said the defence had nothing to say.
When tribunal asked Onnoghen if he has anything to say, he said “My Lord, I don’t”.