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CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by GOATandYAMtheory: 5:41pm On Feb 12
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) said on Tuesday that it agreed with the argument by the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal ( CCT ), Danladi Uma that he and his tribunal were not answerable to the Judiciary, but the Presidency.

NBA, in a statement issued on Tuesday by its President, Paul Usoro (SAN), said Umar was correct in that argument, but contended that the fact that the CCT was under the control of the Executive informs the urgent need to discontinue charge of breach of code of conduct pending against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen before the CCT.

It said: “the Chairman of the CCT, Hon. Danladi Umar, in his response to a petition that was written against him and which was forwarded to him by the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) states emphatically that he and his tribunal are answerable and report only to the Presidency, by law and practice. He is absolutely correct.

“An insistence, in the circumstance, on the CJN, the head of an independent arm of the FGN, standing trial before a tribunal that is under the Presidency and is answerable only to the Presidency, mocks the concept of and completely erodes the independence of the judiciary and the constitutional separation that should exist between the three arms of the FGN.

“It is precisely for this reason that our Constitution created the NJC and we are pleased that the FGN has warmed up to the utilization of that due process, as illustrated by the submission of the EFCC petition to the council.”

NBA’s new intervention in the case is coming a day before the resumption of proceedings in the case before the CCT.

The Chairman of the CCT, Danladi Umar had, at the last proceedings on February 4 this year, insisted that Onnoghen must appear before the tribunal in person before any further businesses could be conducted in the charge pending against him (Onnoghen).

Umar gave the directive shortly before agreeing to the request by parties for adjournment to February 13.

He said: “Under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), a defendant, who is served with a charge and represented by lawyers, must take his plea before raising any objection.

“The defendant has continued to stay away from this tribunal. I am going to grant this adjournment at the instance of the prosecution and defence, but must state that the defendant must attend court at the next adjourned date so that all the issues would be resolved in his presence.”

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Also on Tuesday, the Court of Appeal in Abuja failed to hear the three appeals filed suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen.

The appellate court had in late January adjourned on February 12, 2019 for the hearing of the appeals



But, when lawyers to parties got to court on Tuesday, the court could not form quorum (of three Justices) for the purpose of hearing the appeals.

Parties were told to await information, on a later date, on when the hearing is to be rescheduled.

The appeals are against the decisions of the Code of Conduct to assume jurisdiction over the charge pending against Onnoghen and the ex-parte injunction granted by the CCT, and on which President Muhammadu Buhari acted to suspend Onnoghen.

The statement by the NBA reads: “Ahead of the adjourned proceedings in the above-named matter before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (“CCT”), scheduled for tomorrow, February 13, 2019, the Nigerian Bar Association again urges the Executive arm of the Federal Government of Nigeria (“FGN”) to discontinue this Charge against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honorable Mr. Justice Walter S N Onnoghen, GCON (“CJN”) for the following reasons, amongst others:

“First, as widely reported, one of the two petitions against the CJN that is currently before the National Judicial Council (“NJC” or “Council”) is an exact replica of the petition that motivated the CCT Charge.

“The second petition was reportedly presented by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), an FGN agency. We commend the FGN for adhering to due process by submitting the EFCC petition to the NJC for consideration.

“In like manner and in adherence to the law and due process, we urge the FGN to discontinue the CCT Charge and allow the NJC consider the initial petition which, as widely reported, has already been responded to by the CJN.

“Second, the Chairman of the CCT, Hon. Danladi Umar, in his response to a petition that was written against him and which was forwarded to him by the Federal Judicial Service Commission, states emphatically that he and his tribunal are answerable and report only to the Presidency, by law and practice. He is absolutely correct.

“An insistence, in the circumstance, on the CJN, the head of an independent arm of the FGN, standing trial before a tribunal that is under the Presidency and is answerable only to the Presidency, mocks the concept of and completely erodes the independence of the judiciary and the constitutional separation that should exist between the three arms of the FGN.

“It is precisely for this reason that our Constitution created the NJC and we are pleased that the FGN has warmed up to the utilization of that due process, as illustrated by the submission of the EFCC petition to the Council.

“Third, and complementary to the two points afore-stated is the fact that the spectacle of having our CJN, while still holding that title, in the dock before the CCT or any other court, truly diminishes all of us, not least the Executive arm of the FGN.

“The NJC process allows an initial determination to be made on the petitions against the CJN and if His Lordship is found liable or wanting howsoever, appropriate sanctions would be imposed by the NJC including recommendation for his dismissal or retirement.

“In that event, he would no longer hold the office or title of CJN and could be prosecuted for any criminal infraction before the CCT or any other Court.

“An insistence on the CCT prosecution paints a picture of persecution of the CJN by the Executive and such a spectacle in no way ennobles the FGN Executive arm and/or its officials. Such a scenario should be avoided by all means.

“Given these non-exhaustive considerations and facts, we press on the Executive arm of the FGN to please discontinue the Charge against the CJN when the matter comes up before the CCT tomorrow, Wednesday, 13 February 2019.

“We respectfully urge full compliance with due process by FGN in this matter by allowing the NJC process to take its course in respect of the two petitions against the CJN – a step that has already, commendably, been embraced by FGN in respect of the EFCC petition.”

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by Kelly2713(m): 5:44pm On Feb 12
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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by midolian(m): 5:44pm On Feb 12
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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by Oildichotomy(m): 5:45pm On Feb 12
An insistence, in the circumstance, on the CJN, the head of an independent arm of the FGN, standing trial before a tribunal that is under the Presidency and is answerable only to the Presidency, mocks the concept of and completely erodes the independence of the judiciary and the constitutional separation that should exist between the three arms of the FGN.

Our laws are quite flawed to be honest and the fact that the executive will deliberately look for loopholes in the laws to exploit is more worrisome, I will understand if a random lawyer fighting for his pocket did this but what do I know

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by MrAJQ(m): 5:45pm On Feb 12
Eyah!
PDP are losing it all

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by 912(m): 5:46pm On Feb 12
hahaha where are those charge and bail lovers of corruption aka PDP e-rats that were talking nonsense.

In other news, Athiefku was seen today waving to spirits in TBS. lmao
https://www.nairaland.com/5019069/pic-atiku-waving-empty-stands#75663950

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by AngelicBeing: 5:46pm On Feb 12
Too much hogwash and kulikuli bulshit, next news jare

Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by MrMcJay(m): 5:47pm On Feb 12
Honest Nigerians who don't have the money or connection to bribe Judges are happy with what is happening.

The NJC was pussyfooting on Onnoghen's matter till Buhari was forced to do the needful. Now, they are ashamed and want to belatedly retire Onnoghen.

The NBA went on a 2-day midterm break when Onnoghen was suspended by an order of the CCT. The CCT refused to answer summons of the NJC and beneficiaries of corruption were crying. Now, the NBA is coming back to its senses and now agrees the CCT is not under the NJC.

See, law is a 2-edged sword. You can use it to do good and do bad. They have been using law to cheat people in this country and innocent people are suffering. Now, those people who refused to do justice are facing justice.

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by MrMcJay(m): 5:47pm On Feb 12
AngelicBeing:
Too much hogwash and kulikuli bulshit, next news jare

Please don't cry.

Those who know law more than you are already coming back to their senses. Your tears won't prove your case.

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by martineverest(m): 5:47pm On Feb 12
NBA are actually coming back to their senses

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by sleemfesh: 5:48pm On Feb 12
MrAJQ:
Eyah!
PDP are losing it all

Anyone still seeing this as a PDP APC thing is brain dead. This is about the very heart of how the system of a state works: rule of law.

It is not upheld today, it will be a disaster tomorrow as it enters as precedence.

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by LiveByNight: 5:48pm On Feb 12
Watch APC people come here and shout pdp are loosing it

E dey pain Dem everyday the obvious

Atiku was not stoned in Lagos today unlike buhari who was stoned in ogun an APC state

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by MrMcJay(m): 5:48pm On Feb 12
martineverest:
NBA are actually coming back to their senses

See, a lot of lawyers are supporting Buhari and that's why when the NBA declared that lawyers' strike, it flopped like hell. A lot of lawyers didn't answer them.

Even in Lagos, courts were in session and the NBA Ikeja chairman was nearly jailed for contempt when he tried picketing the courts.

A lot of junior lawyers who are victims of injustice are 100% with Buhari.

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by MrMcJay(m): 5:48pm On Feb 12
LiveByNight:
Watch APC people come here and shout pdp are loosing it

E dey pain Dem everyday the obvious

Atiku was not stoned in Lagos today unlike buhari who was stoned in ogun an APC state

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A dwarf is never afraid of falling.

Atiku has already lost, he's not worth the stone to be used on him.

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by allanphash7(m): 5:48pm On Feb 12
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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by yemaldo(m): 5:48pm On Feb 12
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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by 46O1CE: 5:49pm On Feb 12
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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by freemanbubble: 5:49pm On Feb 12
Okay
Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by bigfish3k: 5:49pm On Feb 12
if this suspension is allowed to stand

PMB is now the new CJN by default

any CJN will seek his opinion on any judgement before delivery then we are finished

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by internetservice: 5:50pm On Feb 12
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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by MZEE01: 5:50pm On Feb 12
Buhari does not talk much, but will do much.

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by MrMcJay(m): 5:50pm On Feb 12
bigfish3k:
if this suspension is allowed to stand

PMB is now the new CJN by default

any CJN will seek his opinion on any judgement before delivery then we are finished

No sir, you are finished.

Thieves and looters would smell pepper on this country.

You don't know anything about the law and you should keep quiet and learn when those with ample knowledge of the law are talking.

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by DrToche: 5:50pm On Feb 12
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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by ClearFlair: 5:50pm On Feb 12
You see now? After PDP barked like rabied dogs.

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by helinues: 5:50pm On Feb 12
NL Pdp lawyers

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by Peterpanny: 5:51pm On Feb 12
That one concern them

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by homealone00: 5:51pm On Feb 12
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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by cathodekazim: 5:52pm On Feb 12
APC has supreme court judge in the bag

Inec chairman in the bag

Chief of army staff in the bag

Kano and Lagos in the bag


Come Saturday, PDP e-rats n ipob pigs wailing will be extended by 4/more years

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Re: CCT Chair Truly Answerable Only To Presidency, Says NBA by 912(m): 5:52pm On Feb 12
LiveByNight:
Watch APC people come here and shout pdp are loosing it

E dey pain Dem everyday the obvious

Atiku was not stoned in Lagos today unlike buhari who was stoned in ogun an APC state


The generic gif and what you typed don't go together. stop using the same gif over and over

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