The plan by President Muhammadu Buhari government to drag Chief Justice of the Federation,Justice Walter Onnoghen through the mud of criminal prosecution may have suffered a setback as the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday stopped his scheduled trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
The court gave the order while ruling on two separate ex parte applications on Monday, ordering the parties to maintain status quo till January 17.
Justice N.E. Maha ordered that the defendants should be served with all the papers filed and they should appear in court at the next hearing.
One of the two suits marked FHC/ABJ/CS/27/2019 was filed by incorporated trustees of the Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative.
Joined as defendants in the suit are the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, the Chairman of CCT, Danladi Umar; the National Judicial Council, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
The other suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/28/2019 was filed by the incorporated trustees of the International Association of Students Economists and Management – with the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Malami; the CCT, the CCB, the Chairman of CCT, Umar; and the Inspector-General of Police, Idris as defendants.
While the ex parte application in the suit FHC/ABJ/CS/27/2019 was moved by Mr. R.A Lawal-Rabana (SAN), before Justice Maha on Monday, the ex parte application filed in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/28/2019 was moved by Mr. Jeph Njikonye.
The order came shortly after Monday’s proceeding at the CCT, which had adjourned Onnoghen’s case due to lack of proper service of the charges on the accused by the prosecution.