With the Federal Government shutting its case in the on-going trial of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, where the indictment neglected to demonstrate the greater part of the claim conveyed by the media against him, Onnoghen has decided to go for a case of no submission.
He is at present confronting a six-count charge FG favored as a detriment to him before the CCT. He had amid preliminary raise the alarm that his assets statement structure before the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, was tampered with.
The troubled CJN, who was suspended from office by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 25, was expelled soon after he fixed date to introduce makes a decision about that will hear petitions emerging from the 2019 general race. The Federal Government had a week ago Thursday, shut its argument against the suspended CJN after it delivered just three observers that affirmed before the court.
The principal indictment witness, PW-1, Mr. James Akpala, who is a senior insightful officer at the CCB, had in his declaration, told the council that the charge against Onnoghen was recorded before his group closed examination on the claim that he erroneously proclaimed his benefits. Thus, the PW-2, Mr. Awal Yakassai, who is a resigned Director at the CCB, told the Mr. Umar drove three-man board that in spite of what was claimed in the media, he said the suspended CJN possessed just five houses.
He said it was false that CCB agents connected the responsibility for houses to the respondent. The observer made the divulgence after he was appeared of Justice Onnoghen’s advantage revelation frames,
which FG offered in proof before the CCT. The beset CJN was said to have presented the structures set apart as Exhibit 2 and 3, to the CCB in 2014 and 2016.
Responding to inquiries under questioning, the PW-2, conceded that the CCB was yet to check Justice Onnoghen’s benefits with the end goal of seeing whether he made false announcements, before a charge was recorded against him.
All the more along these lines, the PW-3, Mr. Ifeoma Okagbue, a staff of Standard Chartered Bank in Abuja, told the council that it was false that the litigant had either $1million or £1million in any of the five ledgers that required the charge.
Okagbue who told the council that she began dealing with Onnoghen’s financial balances since 2015, gave a heap down of both the opening and shutting parity of the considerable number of records from January 2018 to January 2019.
She said the records were altogether connected to one Bank Verification Code, BVN, including that the bank had after verifying an endorsement from the respondent, redirected assets from the records into different benefit yielding endeavors. The PW-3 told the court that benefits that accumulated from the speculations were credited again into the records.
While two of the records are in Naira, the three others were Pounds Sterling, Euro and Dollar accounts. The observer told the court that every one of the records were domiciliary, and were opened and oversaw at the part of the bank in Wuse 2, Abuja.