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CCT Trial: Onnoghen Closes Defence, Gets April 15 To Adopt Final Argument



The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Wednesday, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Abuja, closed his defence in his ongoing trial on the charges bordering on assets declaration breaches, after calling his driver of 20 years as his first witness.

Lead counsel to Onnoghen, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), told the court that after taking a deep consideration, the defence closes its case.

Uche asked the court give the counsel in the matter 14 days within which to file in their written addresses and also applied to be obliged with the proceedings before the tribunal.

The prosecution led by Aliyu Umar, SAN, also prayed the court to be accord enough time in order to file their own written address.

“Because time for filing of written address is not expressively provided for in the Practice Diraction, that makes it a matter of discretion of the court,” Umar said.

However, the Chairman of the tribunal. Danladi Umar said that the tribunal has given the defence three working days, from April 4 to April 8 file their address and the prosecution should file theirs from April 9 to April 11.

He further adjourned the case until April for adoption of written addresses.


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