The Code of Conduct Tribunal has dismissed the no-case submission filed by the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, the suspended chief justice of Nigeria.
The tribunal subsequently asked him to open his defence in respect of the six counts of false and non-declaration of assets preferred against him the federal government.
In a ruling on Friday, the three-man bench of the CCT led by Danladi Umar, held that Onnoghen had a case to answer and should enter his defence.
Contrary to submissions by Onnoghen’s legal team that the three witnesses called by the prosecution failed to give credible evidence to prove the case, the CCT held that the admission to the alleged offences by the embattled top judicial officer showed that there was a prima facie case against him.
According to Umar who read the judgement, the defence was only trying to frustrate the punishment of the defendant for the offences.
The Chief Adegboyega Awomolo-led defence team promptly applied for the copy of the ruling to enable them to properly advise the defendant.
The tribunal chairman said it would be ready by Monday.
The suspended CJN is also expected to open his defence on Monday.