CONFUSION AT CCT IN JUSTICE ONNOGHEN’S HEARING AS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LAWYERS ARGUE

By Godson Ikiebey-

There was a little bit of confusion at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Monday, April 15, 2019.

This is as Aliyu Umar, lead counsel of federal government in the trial of Justice Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), argued with Zainab Duke, a lawyer on his team, in the full glare of the tribunal.

The confusion started after they had entered into appearance in the case. Though it is not clear what led to argument, Umar was seen shouting at her.

Duke wanted to make an observation but Umar said: “Sit down, I am leading”.

It was at this point that Danladi Umar, CCT chairman, intervened and asked what the problem was.

A police officer moved to give a microphone to Duke to speak but Umar snatched the microphone and said:

“She wants to address the tribunal but I have not given her permission to do that”.

Duke however got up to explain to the CCT chairman but she was not audible.

Following this, Umar applied that her name be removed from appearance. He said:

“I want to apply that her name be withdrawn from appearance”.

Ruling on the application, the CCT chairman said Duke should “take her leave or take her seat at the back bench”.

After the CCT chairman’s ruling, she left.

Both prosecution and defence adopted their addresses.

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