The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen again, stayed away on Tuesday from the proceedings of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) where he is the defendant in the charge of non-assets disclosure.
This is the second time the CJN would shun proceedings at the tribunal, where the prosecution had planned to commence his trial.
Justice Onnoghen , first stayed away on January 14 this year, when the case was first mentioned.
The CJN, whose legal team is led by former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Wole Olanipekun (SAN), again stayed away today and asked the tribunal to adjourned indefinitely pending the determination of his appeal now pending before the Court of Appeal, Abuja.
The Prosecution, led by Aliyu Umar (SAN), said although he has the power, under Paragraph 6 of the Code of Conduct Practice Direction, to apply that a bench warrant be issued against Onnoghen, he will not make such a request against the CJN.
He, however, urged the tribunal to exercise its power by making an interim order. He was silent on what the interim order should be directed at.
Proceedings at the CCT is still ongoing.