The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has indicated that the subsisting orders of a Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court (NIC) restraining it from continuing with the case between the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, over fraudulent declaration of assets will not stop it from continuing with the trial of the CJN.
Justice Danladi Umar the Chairman of CCT said that the tribunal was established by the constitution and so could not be stopped by orders of the two courts.
He therefore held that the tribunal will proceed with the case, and he ordered the defendant to move his preliminary application challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal.
Meanwhile, Julie Annabor, a member of the CCT also agreed with the position of Justice Umar Dandladi in setting aside the order of the courts.However the third member of the tribunal , Mr. Atedze William disagreed with Justice Danladi Umar and Julie Annabor stating that as a creation of the constitution , the decisions of the two courts are binding on the tribunal
In his minority ruling , Atedze held that the status quo be maintained and parties should allow the matter to be determined by the court of appeal on January 24, 2019. He also prayed the court to adjourn the matter ‘sine dine’ as demandee by the defence counsel, Wole Olanipekun.
The matter has been adjourned till January 28, 2019.
Danladi Umar Defies High Court, NIC Orders :Says CJN Trial Continues