Updated: March 6, 2021
Lawyers argued on Saturday that by virtue of the judgment of the Court of Appeal in the case of Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa, the Chief Justice of Nigeria or any serving judicial officer judge cannot be tried by the Code of Conduct tribunal or even court, until after the National Judicial Council deals with the matter.
Though, the matter is still on appeal at the Supreme court, the judgment still stands.
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The Buhari administration is planning to arraign the chief justice of Nigeria on Monday on false assets declaration charges just weeks to the presidential election.
Based on that judgment, the Code of Conduct Tribunal had to discontinue the trial of Supreme court justice Sylvester Ngwuta who was facing trial on alleged false declaration of assets.
Similarly, the Federal High court had struck out money laundering charges against the Supreme court justice based on this judgment. The same thing happened to Justice Ajumogobia.