By Peter Jene
The Honourable Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, has pleaded not guilty to the six counts of non-declaration of assets at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja.
Following a short oral application by the defence counsel, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), he was granted bail on self-recognisance by the tribunal.
The tribunal has adjourned to a yet to be decided date after the general election as moved by counsel to the CJN.
According to a report by the Punch newspaper, the CJN’s lead counsel, Uche, applied to the tribunal to withdraw the arrest warrant issued by the CCT against the defendant earlier on Wednesday before the charges were read to him.
Ruling on the application, the tribunal chairman, agreed with the defence lawyer.
The CCT chairman ordered the withdrawal of the arrest warrant due to Onnoghen’s voluntary submission to the tribunal on Friday.
But he added that the order of arrest was withdrawn on the condition that the CJN would continue to be present in court throughout the period of his trial.