Onnoghen opens defence as tribunal issues subpoena against CCB Director

The Code of Conduct Tribunal has issued a subpoena against a director of the Code of Conduct Burau, Mrs.Theresa Nwanfor in the trial of suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar issued the subpoena on Monday, at the request of the defence team led by Adegboyega Awomolo SAN.
The counsel had asked that Mrs Nwanfor be directed to appear before the court to give evidence as a defence witness.

Meanwhile, Mr Lawal Busari, who is a driver at the Supreme court attached to Onnoghen, testified in court on Monday as the first defence witness.

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The 60 year- old witness described how he drove Onnoghen to the CCB office in Asokoro to collect his asset declaration form on July 28, 2010.

Busari said Onnoghen gave him a N200 sum on November 3, 2010, with which he paid for the assets declaration form and a receipt was “issued by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory revenue collector.”

Awomolo sought to tender the receipt as exhibit but prosecution lawyer, Aliyu Umar objected to the admissibility.

Umar premised his objections on grounds that the witness is not the maker of the document and that the revenue number does not appear on the receipt.

Responding to the submissions of Umar, Awomolo citing section 37 of the Evidence Act, said the receipt was relevant to the fact needed.

The tribunal admitted the receipt as exhibit D2.

The case has been adjourned to Wednesday, April 3, for the subpoenaed witness to appear before the court.

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