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Onnoghen: Hearing stalled on ex-CJN’s appeals as appellate court fails to form quorum

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The hearing of the three appeals filed by the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was on Tuesday stalled at the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

The Court of Appeal was unable to form a quorum to consider the ex-CJN’s appeal against the six counts of non-declaration of assets instituted against him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Information gathered from lawyers representing the suspended CJN and the respondent, the Federal Government, revealed that the development was because one of the three Justices constitutionally required to sit on such appeals was unavoidably absent.

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“No new date has been fixed for the hearing,” said one of the lawyers.

The suspended CJN is challenging the jurisdiction of the CCT to hear the charges against him; the ex-parte order on which President Muhammadu Buhari relied on to suspend the CJN and appointed Justice Tanko Muhammad as the acting CJN; and the CCT’s refusal to be bound by the orders made by the Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court directing the tribunal to stop the CJN’s trial.

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