UPDATE: Court shifts trial of CJN Onnoghen on false assets declaration to January 28

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has shifted the date for the continuation of trial of Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen to January 28 as against January 22 as earlier fixed.

Presided over by Justice N. E. Maha, the court gave the order after a counsel representing the respondents told the court on Thursday that his client had not been served.

The court ordered a fresh service of the court summons to the respondents and asked that the date of service be included in the proof of service before the next hearing.

while adjourning the matter, Justice Maha ruled that the order which was given earlier for parties to maintain status quo, still stands ground.

The implications of this order includes among other things that the trial of Mr Onnoghen, scheduled to continue on January 22 at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), may have to be suspended, pending further directives.

Premium Times had reported that, the CJN is facing trial at the tribunal for alleged false asset declaration.

He was arraigned by the anti-graft agency, the Code of Conduct Bureau.