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Onnoghen Pleads Not Guilty To Charge

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Rejects chair given him to sit *Preferred to stand in the dock

Proceedings commenced on Friday at about 10.30am in the case involving the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja.

An official of the tribunal, who called the case, informed the tribunal that the defendant (Onnoghen) was in court.

Tribunal Chairman, Danladi Umar insisted that Onnghen, who had sat on the front seat by the left of the tribunal sitting venue, must enter the dock, a directive the suspended CJN obeyed and went straight into the dock.

Onnoghen rejected a chair given to him to sit on.

He insisted on standing and said he preferred to stand for now.

Upon the request by the prosecution, the tribunal Chairman ordered that the charge be read to the defendant.

An official of the tribunal read the charge to him, to which he pleaded not guilty.


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