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Onnoghen Rejects Tribunal Chairman’s Seat Offer


The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, today politely rejected an offer of a seat in the dock made availabe by the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, on Friday.


According to Punch, Umar had expressed a surprise to find Onnoghen still standing minutes after he first asked tribunal officials to give him a seat in the dock.


Seeing Onnoghen still standing, Umar wondered if his instruction that the CJN be offered a seat had not been complied with.


Realising there was a seat in the dock, Umar faced Onnoghen’s direction smiling and said “‎My Lord, sit down”.


After seeing that Onnoghen was not interested in the offer, Umar raised his voice as he repeated the offer.


But Onnoghen said, “I will use the seat when I need it”.


Onnoghen had earlier entered the dock to answer to the charges of non-declaration of charges instituted against him.



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