False assets declaration: Onnoghen denies charges, gets bail

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mr Walter Onnoghen, has pleaded not guilty to charges of false asset declaration brought against him by the federal government.

The CJN is facing six charges for the alleged offence.

Onnoghen, who was brought before the tribunal on January 14, is accused of failing to declare bank accounts used for the transfer of foreign currencies after his appointment as CJN.

After taking his pleas, Onnoghen’s lawyer, Chris Uche, asked for the bail of his client.

The request was immediately granted by the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, without hearing from the prosecution.

An application for an adjournment was made by the defence counsel, and was not objected to by the prosecution.

Donning a black suit with a brown tie, Onnoghen stood with his hands wrapped around his back for most parts of the proceedings.

He arrived at the CCT at about 10am on Friday two days after the tribunal ordered his arrest.

The justice had boycotted earlier hearings, as he contested the powers of the tribunal to hear the case of alleged asset falsification against him.

Onnoghen was suspended by President Muhammad Buhari after charges were filed against him at the CCT.

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