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Embattled Justice Walter Onnoghen, the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) has to the surprise of many dropped his ongoing trial on charges of false and non-declaration of assets leveled against him.
Onnoghen’s decision comes as Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), the lawyer for the defendant said on Monday that the defence would be calling “two or three witnesses,” only one of whom had testified at the previous Monday’s proceedings.
The CJN had on Monday called his driver, Lawal Olanrewaju Busari as his first witness.
Onnoghen also subsequently asked the tribunal to issue a subpoena to invite one Mrs. Theresa Nwafor, a Director with the Code of Conduct Bureau in Edo State, to appear as his second witness.
While informing the tribunal of the defense decision to close their case at the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Onnoghen’s lawyer, Chief Chris Uche said the decision was reached after a deep review of the matter.
He said, “My lords, today is for continuation of trial. But my lords, after a deep review of the evidence led by the prosecution and the defence, the defence has come to conclusion and we have closed our case.
“Pursuant to paragraph 14 of the Practice Direction of this honourable tribunal, we apply to file our final written addresses.”
He asked for 14 days to file the final written address.
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