by Adeoye Michael
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Wednesday ordered the Inspector General of Police and the Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS) to arrest of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, reports The Cable.
The Chairman of CCT, Danladi Umar, issued the bench warrant following the absence of Mr Onnoghen in court today, adding that Mr Onnoghen must be available for arraignment on February 15.
Mr Umar had at the last sitting informed the defence team that his tribunal would need Mr Onnoghen to be present at the next adjourned date, which is today.
This is after Mr Onnoghen’s counsel filed an application arguing that the CCT lacked the jurisdiction to try the chief justice.
According to Mr Umar, any application against the jurisdiction of the court would only be entertained after the plea of the accused has been taken.
Mr Onnoghen’s absence in court today did not stop the CCT from sitting, as the tribunal continued with his trial.