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CCT fixes date for final addresses on Onnoghen’s case

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CCT fixes date for final addresses on Onnoghen’s case

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has fixed April 15 for final addresses to be presented and adopted by both the prosecution and defense side, in the trial of suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, on charges of false and non-declaration of assets.

Backstory: The Danladi Umar-led tribunal came to this decision following the events of Monday and Wednesday’s hearings.

The Defense had closed its case on Wednesday, after only one witness spoke in favor of the suspended CJN. While it had presented a list of three witnesses, only one took to the stand on Monday.

Even though the defense had asked for 14 days to file its final address, the tribunal chairman gave the defense till April 8, while the prosecution had three days extra, with their address to be filed and submitted on April 11.  

Both addresses are to be heard by the tribunal on April 15.

The CCT also revealed that it would deliver its rulings on Onnoghen’s applications on the same day it delivers its judgment.

Onnoghen had in his previous applications, challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the charges against him, and called for the tribunal chairman, Umar, to recuse himself from the case citing bias.

Meanwhile, we reported earlier that the National Judicial Commission (NJC) has submitted its recommendations on the petitions against Onnoghen and the Acting Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad, to President Muhammadu Buhari. Sources who spoke with TheScoop said the NJC recommended that Onnoghen should be compulsorily retired but the case against him should be dropped.

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