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Walter Onnoghen Speaks On His Resignation As Nigeria’s Chief Justice



CJN Declaims Rumours Of His Resignation

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen has reacted to rumours that he has resigned from his position.

The rumour followed a series of court proceedings on the false declaration of assets case against the CJN, Naija News reports.

Also recall that the prosecuting counsel had wanted the CJN to vacate his office after the federal government filed a six-count charge against him, bordering on failures to declare his assets as required by law and for operating bank domiciliary foreign currency accounts.

Onnoghen, who spoke through his spokesman, Awassam Bassey, described the speculation as lies, which should be disregarded.

A terse statement, on Friday morning, reads: “There’s absolutely no truth in the rumours making the round that the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria, His Lordship, Hon. Mr. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, has resigned his office. It is fake news!

“The Hon CJN was in the office all through yesterday (Thursday) and sat in court.

“As part of his duties, the Hon CJN will be swearing in members of the 2019 National Assembly, Governorship & State Assembly Election Petition Tribunals tomorrow (Saturday 26th January 2019),” the statement reads.

Meanwhile, Naija News recalls that the court of appeal sitting in Abuja yesterday has ordered the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to stay proceedings in Onnoghen’s trial case.

A panel of the Abuja division of the appeal court led by Abdul Aboki, directed the tribunal to stay proceedings pending the hearing and determination of the CJN’s application.

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