Trial Of Suspended CJN, Walter Onnoghen Stalled

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Walter Onnoghen
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The resumed trial of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Abuja, on Tuesday suffered a setback due to his ill-health.

TVC News reports that Justice Walter Onnoghen’s lead counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, explained to the tribunal that his absence was occasioned by a tooth-ache and high blood pressure which was said to be around 210/121.

He tendered a medical report from Ideal Medical Services, Abuja where the defendant was said to have been treated.

The medical report signed by one Dr Francis Uche, the Medical Director of the hospital recommended among others that Justice Onnoghen must observe 72 hours bed rest for his blood pressure to be properly monitored.

Reacting to the development, Aliyu Umar, counsel to the Federal government, admitted being copied in the letter and informed the tribunal that the issue of health is Paramount in any human endeavour.

But he applied that the trial be adjourned till 18th March, to enable Justice Onnoghen, have sufficient rest as recommended by his doctor.

The prosecution counsel said his witnesses were in court and that he was ready to proceed with the trial, but prayed for an adjournment due to the
health of the defendant.

Delivering judgment, Danladi Chairman of the Tribunal agreed with the position of the prosecution and the medical report.

The Tribunal had ordered that proceedings be conducted on a day-to-day basis, in order to ensure a speedy trial.