The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, today rested his case in his ongoing trial on charges of false and non-declaration of assets.
The development came as a surprise as the defendant, whose lawyer, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), had indicated on Monday that the defence would be calling “two or three witnesses,” only one of whom had testified at the previous Monday’s proceedings.
Onnoghen’s lead defence counsel for the Wednesday’s proceedings, Chris Uche (SAN), in announcing the closure of the defendant’s case asked for 14 days to file the final written address.
The next stage in the trial would be for parties to exchange their final addresses and return to the tribunal on a date to adopt the court papers. The date for judgment would be fixed after the adoption of the final addresses. The prosecution had earlier closed its case with three witnesses.