High blood pressure, toothache stops Onnoghen from attending trial

After an order by the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Monday, directing a day-to-day trial of suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, the case suffered a setback on Tuesday due to the absence of the defendant on grounds of ill health.

A medical report which was brought before the court and tendered as evidence by Onnoghen’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) indicated that the defendant’s blood pressure had risen to 210/120. The report also stated that doctors have advised Onnoghen to remain in bed rest for up to 72hours. Awomolo also added that his client is also suffering from severe toothache.

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Aliyu Umar (SAN), who is the counsel for the prosecution did not raise any objections. Although Mr Umar had brought two witnesses to court with hopes that the prosecution would open its case, he opined that “the health of the defendant is as important as the right of the prosecution to proceed with the trial”.

He urged the tribunal to vacate the earlier dates scheduled and to adjourn until Monday, March 18, 2019, for the continuation of trial.
In view of the medical report and agreement of both counsels, Chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, adjourned the matter to March 18, 2019, for continuation.

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