An application by the embattled Chief Judge of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen challenging the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to hear the false asset declaration case against him has been declined.
The three-man Tribunal while delivering judgement on Thursday stated that the defendant was not being charged as a judicial officer but as a public officer.
Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar held that the constitutional powers of the Code of Conduct Bureau shall not be subject to any body of the NJC rules.
One of Onnoghen’s two applications is challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear the case.
The other application is asking the CCT chairman to disqualify himself from further presiding over the case due to his alleged bias.