Onnoghen rejects tribunal chairman’s seat offer
Posted: 15/Feb/2019

Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, and Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

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

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 Onnighen 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.