Justice Onnoghen: Court stops CJN’s arraignment

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has stopped the presidency from
arraigning the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Justice N.E Maha of the Federal High Court directed that no steps
should be taken in respect of Justice Onnoghen's trial until January
17 when all parties to the two suits should return to court for the
hearing of the plaintiffs' motion on notice.

The CJN was expected to appear before the Danladi Umar-led Code of
Conduct Tribunal on Monday but was absent from the court. The Tribunal
adjourned the matter till January 22.

Justice N.E Maha, while ruling on two separate ex parte applications
on Monday, ordered parties to maintain status quo till January 17.

The judge directed that the defendants should be served with all the
papers filed and they should appear in court at the next hearing.

Incorporated trustees of the Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative
filed one of the suits marked FHC/ABJ/CS/27/2019.

Joined as defendants in the suit, are: the Attorney-General of the
Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, the Chairman
of CCT, Danladi Umar; the National Judicial Council, the
Inspector-General of Police, ‎Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and the Senate
President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

‎Also the other suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/28/2019 was filed by the
incorporated ‎trustees of the International Association of Students
Economists and Management.

The suit has as the defendants, Attorney-General of the Federation and
Minister of Justice, Malami; the CCT, the CCB, the Chairman of CCT,
Umar; and the Inspector-General of Police, ‎Idris.

The ex parte application in the suit FHC/ABJ/CS/27/2019 was moved by
R.A Lawal-Rabana (SAN), before Justice Maha on Monday, while the ex
parte application filed in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/28/2019 ‎was
moved by Mr. Jeph Njikonye.

The applications were filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on
Monday while the CCT proceedings where Onnoghen was being expected to
be arraigned was ongoing.

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