The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has confirmed that it would issue an order to Standard Chartered Bank (Nig.) Ltd, on Tuesday, directing the bank to forfeit all monies deposited in the account of Walter Onnoghen, the former Chief Justice of Nigeria.
This, it said, is in line with the judgment of the tribunal, which ordered the sacked CJN on Thursday to forfeit all the monies domiciled in three domiciliary accounts and two Naira-denominated accounts of the bank as part of his conviction for failing to properly declare his assets.
Ibraheem Al-Hassan, Head, Press and Public Relations Unit of the CCT, confirmed the development.
He noted that the delay in implementing the judgment of the tribunal was due to the Easter holidays, stating that the order would be ready immediately formal activities resumes.
“The order would be ready by Tuesday,” Al Hassan told the Punch. “If you recall, the judgment was delivered late into the closing time on Thursday; so, there was no time to draw the order from the judgment. Friday and Monday are public holidays.
“So, the next work day is Tuesday. By Tuesday, the order will be ready for service.”
Aliyu Umar, the prosecuting counsel in the Onnoghen case, also corroborated the CCT’s position on the matter.
He explained that the order would be served on Tuesday, noting that the bank cannot comply with the tribunal’s order until the bank is formally notified.
“The order of the court will have to be served on the bank.
“In line with the judgment of the tribunal, an order will now have to be drawn from the judgment to the effect that the money in the accounts should be forfeited to the Federal Government.
“Without that, the bank will not accede to any request by the Federal Government for the forfeiture of the accounts.
“We expect that after the Easter break (which ends on Monday), the order will be drawn up by the tribunal and would be subsequently served on the bank.”
The Federal government, through the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), had arraigned the former CJN before the CCT on a six-count charge for failing to properly declare his assets, particularly the monies domiciled in three domiciliary accounts and two Naira-denominated bank accounts.
The CCT convicted Justice Onnoghen for falsely declaring his assets as a public officer.
Danladi Umar, the CCT Chairman, pronounced the guilty verdict while delivering the lead judgment at the tribunal’s chambers in Abuja on Thursday.
Justice Umar ordered that Justice Onnoghen be immediately removed as the country’s CJN, as well as the head of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC).
The tribunal also banned Justice Onnoghen from holding any public position in the country for 10 years.