Nigeria/April 15, 2019/Halimah Yahaya /No Comment/121 views /nigeria Tribunal fixes date to deliver final judgement on charges against Onnoghen – Premium Times Nigeriashare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancelThe Code of Conduct Tribunal on Monday fixed April 18 to deliver its final judgment in the charges of false and non-declaration of assets instituted against Walter Onnoghen. Mr Onnoghen, in a letter on April 4, notified President Muhammadu Buhari of his decision to vacate office as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. On Monday at the CCT, the three-member panel, led by Danladi Umar, fixed the date for judgment after the prosecution led by Aliyu Umar, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), and the defence, led by Okon Efut, adopted their final addresses. During the proceedings, Mr Efut, in his final arguments, maintained that the prosecution failed to prove the six counts charge beyond reasonable doubt as required by law. ALSO READ APC legal team vows to defend Ganduje’s election victory - Premium Times NigeriaHe, therefore, urged the tribunal to dismiss the case. Mr Efut maintained that the statement made by Mr Onnoghen to the Code of Conduct Bureau was not confessional, as alleged by the prosecution. “This case is about the declaration of assets and the first charge complains of non-declaration. The second to sixth counts complain of false declaration,” the lawyer said. He argued that the charges are “contradictory and mutually exclusive.” “The two cannot go together. We urge the court to dismiss all six counts,” the defence counsel argued. He added that the charges were incompetent and unconstitutional as they were based on the provisions of the Code of Conduct Tribunal and Bureau Act which were in conflict with the relevant provisions of the Constitution. The complainant had submitted that by the content in exhibit 6 (Mr Onnoghen’s statement to the CCB), the defendant is deemed to have confessed or admitted to the charge. ALSO READ JUST IN: Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes, 157 on board“That is incorrect in law, confession in law means admitting to all the essential elements of the charge,” he said, adding that there was nothing to signify that the defendant admitted to the charges. “Section 11 of the Code of Conduct Tribunal Act, the section upon which the charges are premised, is unconstitutional.” Mr Umar, the prosecutor, however, said the defence team was only attempting to redefine what constituted “proof beyond a reasonable doubt”. ALSO READ 2019 elections: Defection of big wigs from APC'll not affect our party's electoral chances ― BasiruHe then urged the tribunal to hold that the prosecution indeed proved the case beyond reasonable doubt and “return a guilty verdict”. In adjourning till Thursday for the final judgment, the tribunal chairman said the verdict would be delivered along with two pending rulings on Mr Onnoghen’s applications. One of such application is that challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear the case. The other application is asking the CCT chairman to disqualify himself from further presiding over the case for being allegedly bias. Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:nigeria share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleDani Carvajal Discusses Real Madrid’s Poor Performance This Seasonnext articleCCT Trial: Walter Onnoghen knows fate on ThursdayRelated Posts442 shares Nigeria/April 20, 2019 /No Comment Tony Rapu celebrates 32 years Anniversary with wife467 shares Nigeria/April 20, 2019 /No Comment Show love, forgiveness, compassion ― Oyo Speaker tells ChristiansCardi B steps out in whiteAt Easter, Ambode preaches love, sacrifice, toleranceBeyonce’s Homecoming Netflix Deal Worth 60 Million DollarsChioma Akpotha reminisces easter celebrationAPC, Saraki, Ekweremadu, Ugwanyi felicitate with Christians on Easter – Premium Times NigeriaEaster: CAN congratulates Christians, charges them to love one anotherPicture Davido looking like a bag of moneyNigerian jailed for defiling minor in Ghana – Premium Times Nigeria Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.