Friday 15 February 2019

Chief Justice Of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen Pictured Standing In The Dock (Photos)

The rule of law is not a respecter of person or group of persons. Every soul and institutions is equal before the law. Hence, no one is above the law. In any criminal trial, the onus of proving the guilt against an accused person arraigned before a court of law beyond reasonable doubt rest squarely on the prosecution unless in some special cases when the prosecution closes its case having called witnesses to testify against an accused person.

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Friday, entered the dock to answer to charges of alleged breach of the code of conduct for public officers.

Onnoghen’s lawyer, Chris Uche (SAN), ‎announced his presence shortly after the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar led two other members to the courtroom.

He remained standing while the prosecution and defence legal teams announced their appearance.

This is his first public appearance since ‎January 25 when President Muhammadu Buhari suspended him.

In Nigeria today, we affirm equality with our words, but deny it with our actions. Few people openly advocate inequality in the administration of the law for fear that they will be quickly and thoroughly denounced. Yet, many of our state and federal laws not only result in inequality, but are justified solely on the basis that certain inequalities are necessary.

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