The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, is present for his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), after attending to his health issues.
Justice Onnoghen’s trial was adjourned last week following his absence on health grounds.
His counsel, Adeboyega Awomolo, had tendered a letter from the CJN, explaining that he developed issues with his tooth and could not make it to court.
The prosecutor, on the other hand, Aliyu Umar, said he had also received a copy of the letter as well as a medical report indicating he had a high blood pressure.
In today’s sitting, the prosecution, Mr. Umar, called for the first witness, Mr. James Akpala, a Senior Investigative officer with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
He told the tribunal that he was directed by his superiors to carry out an investigation and was giving a petition about the investigation.
He said that the petition was received from Mr. Denis Aganya alleging breach of Code of Public Office including non-declaration of assets and false declaration of assets against the CJN.
According to Mr. Aganya, the team wrote to the CCB requesting for the CJN’s asset declaration ranging from the year 2000 to 2019 which was handed over to him and in turn examined and filed.
He added that after his investigation, the petitioner was invited and his statement recorded.
He also told the tribunal that the scheduling officer at the CCB, Ikpeme Amba was invited with his statement which was recorded.
Mr. Aganya revealed that the team wrote to the commercial bank used by the Justice Onnoghen, requesting for his account statements, Account Opening Document and Certificate of Identification.