- Walter Onnoghen reportedly denies confessing to hiding his bank accounts during his trial
- This is as Danladi Umar of the CCT fixes Thursday, April 18 for judgement on two applications raised by the plaintiff
- One of the applications is challenging the tribunal’s jurisdiction while the the other is querying Umar’s competence
Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, has reportedly said that he never confessed to hiding his bank accounts even as the prosecution claims he is guilty.
This is coming as the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), which is trying Onnoghen, is said to have fixed judgment for Thursday, April 18.
The Nation reports that the CCT chairman, Danladi Umar, made the announcement concerning the date for the judgment after lawyers to the prosecution and defence adopted their final written addresses.
According to Umar, the CCT will, on April 18, deliver two rulings that it earlier reserved on applications filed by the defendant.
One of the applications is challenging the tribunal’s jurisdiction while the the other is querying Umar’s competence as the tribunal chairman to preside over the case.
When the case came on Monday, April 15, Umar called on the lead defence lawyer, Okon Nkanu Efut, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) to adopt the defendant’s final written address.
The report said Efut asked the tribunal to dismiss the charge, acquit and discharge the Onnoghen.
Legit.ng earlier reported that there was drama at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Monday, April 15, during a proceeding in the trial of the suspended Walter Onnoghen, as a member of the prosecution team was allegedly sacked.
The member of the prosecution team, Professor Zainab Duke attempted to speak to the bench when the leader of the team, Aliyu Umar (SAN), was making his announcement, but was shouted down by the latter.
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Umar told Professor Zainab to take permission from him before speaking, but Duke sought the protection of the Judge as regards the issue
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