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Justice Onnoghen: See Femi Falana’s Reaction, Advice to AGF

Justice Onnoghen: See Femi Falana’s Reaction, Advice to AGF

Human rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana has reacted to allegations charged against the chief justice of Nigeria, and his purported immediate arraignment at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Justice Walter Onnoghen has been charged with a six-count charge by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) bordering on false declaration of assets.

Femi Falana said that the charges is unconstitutional because the Chief Justice has immunity against any trial except if he has been investigated and found guilty by the National Judicial Council. He hereby advises the Attorney General of the Federation, to withdraw the case without further dalay.

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He said:

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana SAN: “The charge against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen ought not to have been instituted at the Code of Conduct of Tribunal in view of the case of Nganjiwa v FRN (2017) LPELR 43391

“In that case, the Court of Appeal held that a judicial officer who has not been investigated by the National Judicial Council and sanctioned for misconduct cannot be arraigned in any criminal court in Nigeria.”

“As all authorities are bound by the Court of Appeal verdict, the case should be withdrawn by the Attorney-General of the Federation without any delay because it is likely to be a prosecutorial misadventure.”

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