The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), on Wednesday, issued a warrant for the arrest of the suspended chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen after he failed to appear before it.
Onnoghen has not been in court for at least five times since his trial started.
Reacting, the lead prosecution counsel for the federal government, Aliyu Umar, in an oral application asked that the tribunal order Onnoghen’s arrest over his refusal to appear before it.
According to him, both the administration of criminal justice act and the practice direction of the CCT mandates a defendant to be present in court before any proceedings can be conducted in respect of a pending charge.
However, the lead defense counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo kicked against the application.
The National Judicial Council (CJN) recently set up a panel to investigate the suspended CJN as well as Ibrahim Muhammad who is acting in his stead.
President Muhammadu Buhari had suspended Onnoghen and immediately appointed Tanko Mohammed as acting CJN on January 25, 2019.
According to Buhari, he suspended Onnoghen following an order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.