SUSPENDED CJN ONNOGHEN ABSENT FROM CCT OVER TOOTHACHE AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

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THE SUSPENDED CHIEF JUSTICE OF NIGERIA, JUSTICE WALTER ONNOGHEN, WAS ABSENT FROM THE TUESDAY’S PROCEEDINGS OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT TRIBUNAL, WHERE HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SIX COUNTS OF NON-DECLARATION OF ASSETS.

HIS LAWYER, CHIEF ADEGBOYEGA AWOMOLO (SAN), WHILE EXPLAINING MR ONNOGHEN’S ABSENCE TO THE THREE-MAN BENCH OF THE CCT, SAID THE SUSPENDED CJN DEVELOPED A TOOTHACHE WHICH NEEDED TO BE TREATED URGENTLY AND PRODUCED A MEDICAL REPORT OBTAINED BY ONNOGHEN FROM THE HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS SAID TO BE RECEIVING TREATMENT, TO JUSTIFY THE DEFENDANT’S ABSENCE.

THE PROSECUTING COUNSEL, MR. ALIYU UMAR (SAN), ACKNOWLEDGED THAT HE HAD BEEN GIVEN A PHOTOCOPY OF THE MEDICAL REPORT, NOTING THAT HE WOULD HAVE EXPRESSED AN OBSERVATION ABOUT THE MEDICAL REPORT BUT FOR THE COMMENT OF THE DOCTOR WHO SIGNED IT, STATING THAT JUSTICE ONNOGHEN HAD A HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE OF 410/121.

HE FURTHER NOTED THAT THE DOCTOR STATED IN THE LETTER THAT THE DEFENDANT NEEDED TO OBSERVE BED REST.

THE TRIBUNAL, WHICH WAS LED BY ITS CHAIRMAN, DANLADI UMAR, HAD RULED ON MONDAY THAT HEARING IN THE CASE WOULD HOLD DAILY, WHILE IT DEFERRED RULINGS ON TWO SEPARATE APPLICATIONS FILED BY ONNOGHEN TO CHALLENGE THE JURISDICTION OF THE TRIBUNAL TO HEAR THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM TILL WHEN FINAL JUDGMENT WOULD BE DELIVERED IN THE CASE.

HOWEVER, FOLLOWING THE CONCESSION BY THE PROSECUTION AND THE RECOMMENDATION IN THE MEDICAL REPORT THAT THE DEFENDANT NEEDS A BED REST FOR 72 HOURS, THE TRIBUNAL ADJOURNED THE CASE TILL THE 18TH OF MARCH.

 

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