Justice Walter Onnoghen has rejected the judgment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) which convicted him of false declaration of assets.
On Thursday the CCT convicted the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria and banned him from holding any public office for 10 years.
Chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, in his ruling ordered the immediate removal of Onnoghen from office as the CJN.
Justice Onnoghen was also stripped of all offices earlier occupied, such as the Chairman of the National Judicial Council and also the chairmanship of the Federal Judicial Service Commission.
According to report, shortly after the judgment, Onnoghen filed a notice of appeal at the Court of Appeal in Abuja to challenge the ruling of the Tribunal and the “Federal Government of Nigeria” was listed as the only respondent in the appeal.
Part of the appeal read,
“Take notice that the appellant herein, Justice Onnoghen Nkanu Walter Samuel being dissatisfied with the rulings/judgement of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Coram Danladi Umar (Chairman), William Atedze (Member I) and Julie A Anakor (Member II) delivered on the 18th of April, 2019, wherein it ruled on the application challenging its jurisdiction and to recuse itself from the proceedings as well the judgement on the substantive matter against the appellant, do hereby appeal upon the grounds set out in paragraph 3 hereof and will at the hearing of the appeal, seek the reliefs and orders set out in paragraph 4.”
In one of the 16 grounds, Justice Onnoghen said the CCT erred in law when it dismissed his application challenging its jurisdiction and thus, occasioned a grave miscarriage of justice.
He futher stated that the Tribunal erred in law when it dismissed his application seeking the chairman to recuse himself from further proceedings on the ground of “bias”.
However, Onnoghen sought an order of the appeal court allowing his appeal and that the CCT lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the case and also asked the court to set aside his conviction as well as discharge and acquit him, among other prayers.