The Code of Conduct Tribunal has found the embattled former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, guilty of the charges of false and non-declaration of assets preferred against him. The CCT in its ruling said partial admittance of forgetting to declare asset by the defendant is enough evidence and that the tribunal has carefully scrutinised all the evidence before it and can say that the defendant is in clear breach of the CCB Act. The CCT said after its scrutiny it has come to the conclusion that the defendant carefully omitted declaration of his asset in his CCB form 1.The CCT added that Onnoghen is clearly guilty of false declaration of his asset on his asset declaration form. Asked if he had anything to say, Justice onnoghen responded in the negative. Continuing, the chairman of CCT said the tribunal hereby rules that:
“1. The defendant is hereby removed as the Chief Justice of Nigeria and also as the Chairman of the National Judicial Council. “2. That the defendant has also been banned from holding any public office in Nigeria for the next 10 years. “3. That all monies in the five accounts which were not declared by the defendant be confiscated, seized and forfeited to the federal government as they were all acquired illegally by the defendant.” Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the CCT ruled that it has the jurisdiction to allow the trial of a sitting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). The tribunal (CCT) chairman, Umar Danladi, gave the ruling as part of Onnoghen’s asset declaration trial. Onnoghen had argued that he could not be tried at the CCT without a review by the National Judicial Council (NJC).