FG closes case against Onnoghen along with three witnessesThe Punch Newspapers #Balance_WasMarch 22, 2019
The Federal Government on Thursday closed its case in the trial of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on charges of false and non-declaration of assets before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja.
After a brief interaction with the suspended CJN, Awomolo announced that he had opted to file a no-case submission.
Responding, the tribunal chairman ordered the defence to file and serve its no-case submission on the prosecution which must also be replied to before March 29.
The Federal Government had on January 11, 2019 filed against Onnoghen six counts, bordering on failure to declare his assets between June 2005 and December 14, 2016.
The prosecution closed its case after its two remaining witnesses testified on Thursday.
Led by the lead prosecuting counsel, Umar, Yakasai said he received two assets declaration forms from Onnoghen, who came to the CCB office in Abuja, in company with another person to submit the forms on December 14, 2016.
Asked to read out the opening balances and the last entries in the statements of Onnoghen’s accounts earlier admitted as exhibits, Okeagbue said, “On the account 5001062686, the opening balance in January 2018 was €30,178.58.
“On account 5001062693, as at January 2018 it was with opening balance of N6,411,312.77.
“On account 5001062679, the opening balance as at January 2018 was £39,456.08 and by December 2018 the balance was £13,730.70.
Under cross-examination by the defence lawyer, the witness confirmed that as of January 2016, the bank had granted a loan of $500,000 to Onnoghen.