The trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen as began but he was absent at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.
At 10 am, the CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar who constituted a three-man tribunal entered the court and then the case of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen was called almost immediately.
When the case was called, court officials observed that the Chief Justice was absent in the court.
The tribunal chairman was then notified of the development.
Therefore, the tribunal demanded to know if Onnoghen had been served with the charges and summons.
The court official confirmed that the Onnoghen was served through his personal assistant.
The court official said, “He was served through his personal assistant. We went to his house and the defendant directed his personal assistant to collect the charge on his behalf.
“So the defendant has been served.”
However, Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN who led about 46 Senior Advocates of Nigeria and 43 other lawyers to the CCT told the court why the Justice Walter Onnoghen, failed to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on Monday.
He told the tribunal that on January 14, the CJN filed a motion, challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to try him.
Chief Wole Olanipekun said: “We are not just challenging jurisdiction, we are even challenging the jurisdiction of this tribunal to even sniff that charge.”
The Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB had accused the CJN of operating foreign bank accounts and also failing to declare his assets.