The Code of Conduct Tribunal led by Danladi Umaron Monday adjourned proceedings involving the charges of non declaration of assets leveled against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen till January 22.
Umar ruled that the tribunal would hear Onnoghen’s motion challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal at the next proceedings.
While Wole Olanipekun SAN, the lead counsel in Onnoghen defence team argued that the CJN was not personnally served the letter of invitation and so cannot appear, the lead counsel in the prosecution team, Aliyu Umar SAN, argued that Onnoghen’s Personal Assistant received the letter of invitation on behalf of Onnoghen and so there was no reason for Onnoghen not to have honored the invitation.
Olanipekun however argued that serving a court invitation by proxy is not acceptable by law. After much debate, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Umar Danladi, adjourned the case till January 22nd to give room for Onnoghen to be properly served.