Ex-CJN Onnoghen absent from CCT over Toothache, High Blood Pressure; to observe 3-Day Bed Rest

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was absent from the today’s proceedings of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (where he has been charged with six counts of non-declaration of assets) to attend to a toothache.

Explaining his absence to the three-man Bench of the CCT, his lawyer, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), produced a medical report obtained by Onnoghen from the hospital where he was said to be receiving treatment, adding that Justice Onnoghen also had a high blood pressure of 410/121.

The tribunal, led by its chairman, Danladi Umar, had ruled on Monday that hearing in the case would hold daily.
It also 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 March 18.

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