Onnoghen: Nigerian Government closes case after calling three witnesses

Federal government who is prosecuting the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter on a six-count charge bordering on false asset declaration, has closed its case after calling three witnesses.

Aliyu Umar who represented the federal government said this on Thursday after calling its last witness Ifeoma Okagbue. Umar said despite the fact that they had initially listed six witnesses, he is satisfied with the three witnesses that have testified.

Umar said the three other witnesses could still be called to the stand if the defence wants to cross-examine them.

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“I have called three witnesses. If the defence needs
them I can call the other three,” the lawyer said.

Responding vehemently, Adeboyega Awomolo (SAN), counsel to Onnoghen, rejected the offer.

“I don’t need them,” he said.

Awomolo also informed the court of his intention to file a ‘no-case submission’. He prayed the tribunal to direct the registrar to furnish the defence with the record of proceedings that transpired on Monday, March 18 and Thursday, March 21, 2019, to enable him file a written address.

“We intend to take advantage of section 303 of the
Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 on no-case submission,” he said.

“If your lordship permits me to write a written address. I’m praying to be given proceedings of 18th and today.”

Thereafter, chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, ordered the registrar to make records of the proceeding available to the defence team by Monday, March 25 and ordered Awomolo to serve his address on the prosecution next week Wednesday.

Umar then fixed March 29 as day counsels will adopt their addresses.

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