Onnoghen closes his case at CCT

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, rested his case in his ongoing trial on charges of false and non-declaration of assets.

The development came as a surprise as the defendant, whose lawyer, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), had indicated on Monday that the defence would be calling “two or three witnesses,” only one of whom had testified at the previous Monday’s proceedings.

In addition, the defence had, equally applied for and caused the Danladi Umar-led CCT to issue a subpoena to be served on an officer of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Mrs. Theresa Nwafor, to appear today to testify as the second defence witness.

It was not clear if Nwafor was present at the tribunal when Onnoghen’s lead defence counsel for the today’s proceedings, Chris Uche (SAN), rose to announce the closure of the defendant’s case.

Uche made no mention of Nwafor or any other proposed defence witness. The prosecuting counsel, Aliyu Umar (SAN), said Uche had given him prior indication to close the defence’s case and he urged the tribunal to use its discretion to allot time for the filing of final addresses by the parties. The date for judgment would be fixed after the adoption of the final addresses.              

Check Also

We Can Recover But Attacks Must Stop — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday lamented on the incessant attacks on its local …

Governor Adeleke Issues Fresh Executive Order On Appointments, Chieftaincy Matters, Others

Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has issued six executive orders to take immediate effect. …

Osun Government Suspends OSIEC Chairman, Other Members

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has suspended Chairman, Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), Otunba Segun …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.