Crime and Security
The embattled, suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen has closed his defence in his ongoing trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Onnoghen is being tried over alleged fraudulent declaration of assets. After a comprehensive look at his defence at the resumed hearing of the matter on Wednesday, his defence counsel, Chris Uche (SAN), said he would like to close his defence.
The Chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, thereafter, adjourned the matter till April 15, 2019, for the parties to adopt their written addresses and for the court to fix a date for judgement.
Umar said that the three applications pending before the tribunal challenging its jurisdiction, and the application to recuse himself, would be ruled on. On Monday, Onnoghen had said he would call two or three witnesses, but he only ended up calling one.