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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Justice Onnoghen absent from Code of Conduct tribunal over toothache, High Blood pressure

The trial of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal CCT, could not continue today because of his failing health. Onnoghen is being tried over his failure to declare all his assets after assuming office in March 2017.

At the resumed hearing today, his counsel, Adeboyega Awomolo, tendered a letter from the CJN, explaining that he developed issues with his tooth and could not make it to court.

Also the prosecutor, Aliyu Umar, told the court that he had also received a copy of the letter as well as a medical report indicating that the former CJN had a high blood pressure and was given a 72-hour bed rest.

He added that the health of a defendant is as important as the case on the ground and in the light of that, he would concede that the absence is on medical grounds.

Having considered the situation, the chairman of the tribunal then adjourned the case thill March 18th.

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