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Breaking: Onnoghen Absent as CCT Trial Begins

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By Jide Afolabi, Jos

The proceedings of the scheduled arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has commenced by he is not sighted in the court.

The members of the Danladi Umar-led three-man tribunal arrived the courtroom at exactly 10am.

At 10.01am, the matter was called.

The court official who announced the case observed that CJN was not present and then notified the tribunal chairman of the development.

After the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Aliyu Umar (SAN), announced his appearance, the tribunal asked the court official whether the CJN had been served with the charges and summons.

The court official confirmed that the CJN was served through his personal assistant.

He said, “He was served through his personal assistant. We went to his house and the defendant directed his personal assistant to collect the charge on his behalf.

“So the defendant has been served.”

Not less than 30 SANs led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) with about 47 other lawyers, making about 87 were on record as appearing for the CJN on Monday.

Aside from Mr. Aliyu Umar (SAN) who is the lead prosecuting counsel, four other lawyers appeared with him.

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