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Breaking: CCT Chair Insists On Onnoghen’s Appearance …Proceedings Suspended Abruptly

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The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar has directed the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen to appear before the tribunal in person before any further businesses could be conducted in the case pending against him.
Umar gave the directive at the resumption of proceedings in the case on Monday, shortly before agreeing to the request by parties for adjournment to February 13.
He said: “Under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), a defendant, who is served with a charge and represented by lawyers, must take his plea before raising any objection.
“The defendant has continued to stay away from this tribunal. I am going to grant this adjournment at the instance of the prosecution and defence, but must state that the defendant must attend court at the next adjourned date so that all the issues would be resolved in his presence”.
Meanwhile, proceedings at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), in the case against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen has been brought to an abrupt end to allow temper to seamer in view of the hot exchanges between Tribunal Chairman, Danladi Umar and lead counsel for the defence, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN).
Trouble started when the Tribunal Charman insisted that proceedings must continue despite agreement, by lawyer to the prosecution, Aluyu Umar (SAN) and Awomolo, that the case be adjourned to a later date in view of some recent developments in the case.
Rather than rule on the joint position presented by lawyers to the parties, the Tribunal Chairman insisted on proceeding to hearing pending applications.
While Awomolo stood up to appeal to Tribunal Chairman to consider the position presented by lawyers to the prosecution and defence, for an adjournment, Umar ordered Awomolo to sit down.
He accused the defence lawyer of encouraging delay and waste of time, an observation Awomolo objected to and told the Tribunal Chairman that it was wrong to say such things about him.
While Awomolo spoke, complaining about the way the Tribunal Chairman described him, Umar said he was not bothered, but was only interested in continuing with the case.
At that point, the prosecution lawyer sought for a short stand down, which was granted.

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