Onnoghen’s Prosecutor Says He Submitted Only Two Asset Forms
A Senior Investigation Officer of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Mr. James Apala told the Code of Conduct Tribunal today that the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen submitted two assets declaration forms on December 14, 2016.
Naija News reports that Onnoghen was in court today where his trial resumed after his absence due to health constraints.
Speaking at the hearing of Onnoghen’s case today, Apala said one of the forms had two Union Bank accounts of the suspended CJN while the other had seven bank accounts with two kept with Union Bank and five others with Standard Chartered Bank.
Apala was testifying as, the first prosecution witness in the trial of the suspended CJN on the charges of false and non-declaration of charges preferred against the embattled top judicial officer.
The witness, led by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Aliyu Umar, said the first form earlier admitted as Exhibit 2, covered the period June 8, 2005 when Onnoghen was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court till November 22, 2014.
He said the second form as Exhibit 3 was declared after the defendant assumed office as CJN.
Fielding questions from the prosecuting counsel, Apala said the two forms were received by an official of the bureau, Awal Yakassai, on December 14, 2016.
He confirmed that the two asset forms had acknowledgment slips bearing the same date.