…Parties to adopt final addresses April 12
Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen ended his defence on Wednesday in his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for allegedly breaching the code of conduct for public officers.
Onnoghen, who called his personal driver, Lawal Busari as his first witness on Monday, failed on Wednesday, to call more witnesses.
His lawyer, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) had, on Monday informed the tribunal that the defence would call between two to three witness, including Mrs. Theresa Nwafor, a director, on whom a subpoena was issued at the instance of the defence.
At the resumption of proceedings on Wednesday, lawyer to the defendant, Chris Uche (SAN) informed the tribunal that the defence was satisfied with the evidence it has provided so far and was willing to close its case.
Uche 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.”
Prosecution lawyer, Aliyu Umar (SAN) confirmed to the tribunal that the defence had hinted him of plans to close its case on Wednesday.
Tribunal Chairman, Danladi Umar has adjourned to April 12 this year for parties to adopt their final written addresses.