Onnoghen Closes Defence

The suspended Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, closed his case on Wednesday after calling one witness in his trial over false and non-asset declaration since February 2019.

Justice Onnoghen closed his case after the resumption of his trial before the Code Of Conduct Tribunal, CCT on Wednesday when his lead counsel for the day Chris Uche rose to announce the closure of the defendant’s case.

Uche in his address said after a deep review of the evidence led by the prosecution and the defense, the defense has come to a conclusion and has closed its case and applied to file its final written addresses within 14 days.

At Monday’s proceeding, the defense counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, had indicated that the defense would be calling two or three witnesses; however only one of them had testified at the proceedings and urged the tribunal to issue a subpoena to be served on one of the defendants, an officer of the code of conduct bureau, Theresa Nwafor, to testify as the second defense witness.

The prosecuting counsel, Aliyu Umar in his response said Uche had given him prior indication to close the defense’s case. He, therefore, urged the tribunal to use its discretion to allot time for the filing of final addresses by the parties.

The tribunal adjourned to April 15 for the adoption of written addresses after which the date for judgment would be communicated to the parties.

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