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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has been charged to court over a six-count criminal charge due to his refusal to declare his assets.

The charge which was filed Thursday, 10th January 2019 by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) alleges that the CJN not only failed to disclose his assets as required by law, but also operates multiple foreign bank accounts.

According to reports, Onnoghen, who is the highest judicial officer in Nigeria, will be arraigned on Monday, 14th January 2019 before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). The case includes a motion for the tribunal to compel the CJN to vacate his office and concentrate on clearing himself.

If the motion is successful, Walter Onnoghen will be replaced with the next most senior jurist on the apex court bench, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed.

CJN’s response

In a statement sent in response to the queries raised by the CCB, Justice Walter Onnoghen said he forgot to make a declaration of his assets after his initial 2005 declaration expired:

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