- The CCT has received a hospital report showing that the suspended CJN, Walter Onnoghen, underwent surgical evacuation of abscess in a tooth
- The report was signed by the medical director/CEO of Ideal Dental Services, Dr Francis Uche
- Uche stated that following the surgery, Onnoghen is to observe strict bed rest with close monitoring of blood pressure and other vital signs for 72 hours
A report presented to the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Wednesday, March 13 has disclosed details of the health challenges of the suspended chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
The Nation reports that Ideal Dental Services, a private hospital in Abuja, the nation’s capital, claimed that the suspended CJN underwent surgical evacuation of abscess (incision and drainage) in tooth No. 34.
Legit.ng notes that Onnoghen is facing a six-count trial at the CCT for alleged non-declaration of some of his assets.
The CCT chairman, Danladi Umar, had issued a bench warrant for Onnoghen’s arrest after the latter initially refused to appear before the tribunal.
The warrant was, however, revoked after Onnoghen showed up. The trial was subsequently adjourned.
During proceedings on Tuesday, March 12, however, the suspended CJN’s lawyer, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), told the tribunal that his client was down with High Blood Pressure (HBP).
The report was signed by the medical director/CEO, Dr Francis Uche.
It read: “This is to certify that Mr Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen presented to our clinic on the 8th of March 2019 on account of pain on the left gum for which he was examined and placed on antibiotics with analgesics.
“However, he represented here today as an emergency with severe pains from the left jaw, throbbing headache, dizziness and fever.
“Physical examination revealed an acutely ill-looking, middle-aged man with tenderness over the left jaw on palpation.
“Intraoral examination revealed a buccal abscess related to tooth No 34 which is a dental implant. Patient’s presenting blood pressure was 210/121mmHg while radiological investigations revealed apical radiolucency of tooth No.34.
“A diagnosis of dento-alveolar abscess in a background of hypertensive emergency was made and an immediate surgical evacuation of abscess (incision and drainage) under local anesthesia was done.
“Patient was discharged home on parenteral antibiotics and placed on anti-hypertensive to be administered by his personal physician.
“He is also to observe strict bed rest with close monitoring of blood pressure and other vital signs for 72 hours following which he is to come for post-operative folIow-up check. Kindly accord him the necessary assistance.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a counsel to Walter Onnoghen, on Friday, February 15, decried the ongoing trial of his client at the CCT; calling the situation bad for the judiciary.
Chris Uche, a senior advocate of Nigeria, who spoke minutes after the hearing of the case against Onnoghen said while the CJN appeared before the CCT voluntarily, there was need for maintenance of independence in all arms of governments.
Uche also alleged that there was more to the trial of Onnoghen than meets the eye, adding that the defence was challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear the matter.
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