The Court of Appeal, Abuja division, on Wednesday, refused to stay proceedings in the trial of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
The Court refused to grant the application for stay of proceedings brought by Justice Onnoghen on the grounds that section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA, 2015) does not allow a stay of proceedings in a criminal matter.
It determined that the Tribunal, being a quasi-criminal court, is governed by the provisions of ACJA (2015) and its proceedings in a criminal matter cannot stay.
The embittered Onnoghen had approached the Court of Appeal to appeal the ruling of the CCT, ordering his suspension.
He had pleaded that the chairman of the CCT and a member Mrs Julie Anabor erred in law and violated the Constitution when they ordered his suspension.