A senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Olisa Agbakoba has condemned the arrest warrant issued by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) against the suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.
CCT, on Wednesday, issued a warrant for the arrest of Onnoghen’s arrest after he failed to appear before it.
Onnoghen has not been in court for at least five times since his trial started.
Reacting, Agbakoba said the tribunal ought to have waited till the application challenging its jurisdiction to entertain the matter has been heard.
He said, “I am shocked that the Code of Conduct Tribunal will issue a Bench warrant for the arrest of Hon. Justice Walter Onnogen, knowing full well that its jurisdiction to try the case has been challenged and the Application on challenge is on the CCT docket, and no hearing has occurred.
“The CCT is aware that there is now before the National Judicial Council, a petition against Justice Walter Onnogen on exactly the same charges at the CCT. The CCT ought to await the outcome of the pending matters in the NJC, Appeal Court and Federal High Court.
“The conduct of the CCT subverts the Rule of Law and due process.”