Nigerians have expressed their disappointment at federal government after it closed its case against Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).
On Thursday at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), government’s counsel, Aliyu Umar, revealed that they have closed their case after calling just three witnesses to the stand out of the six initially listed.
“I have called three witnesses. If the defence needs them, I can call the other three,” he said.
Responding, Adeboyega Awomolo, counsel to Onnoghen, rejected the offer.
“I don’t want them, I don’t want them,” he said.
Awomolo then informed the tribunal that they intend to file a no-case submission but they would need time to write an address.
“We intend to take advantage of section 303 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 on no-case submission,” he said.
Reading the news today about the embattled CJN, I really feel broken. I feel like crying.
May you never be set up for national embarrassment.
May we never be in a situation that even friends become skeptical of what to believe.
So after now, what next?
— Oga_eMarketer (@Akan_Udom) March 21, 2019
The moment a bank official of Standard chattered disclosed in court the amount of money onnoghen has in his bank accounts, the government immediately closed d case knowing the corruption charges they had against him was false. This whole charade was a witch-hunt, smh#Onnoghen
— Kindly Follow Back (@Naijadailyfeedx) March 21, 2019
Lawyers both old/young who never waited for evidence to be presented but jumped into conclusion alongside the Justices of Court of Public opinion, relying on illegally cooked up figures; check yourselves in a mirror with your wig and gown and ask if you deserve it. #onnoghen
— Femi Ola-Olu (@Femiolaolu1) March 21, 2019
On #Onnoghen: I am short of words, but posterity will judge all the players involved, direct or indirectly, emergency analysts, pretentious & mischievous threaders and all defenders of foolery.
This too shall not be forgotten.
— Gbemi Dennis™ (@GbemiDennis) March 21, 2019
So in real sense the FG had no case against #Onnoghen. It was only a calculated attempt to embarrass and cow the CJN into doing their biddings. For those of you that justified the actions of Buhari and FG, i hope you can see how stupid y'all were.
— Okey (@Okeydegeneral) March 21, 2019
The #Onnoghen case (FG has rested its case), lays bare the dangers, and madness, of media trials.
But then, these people don't care. Their (short term) goal has been achieved.
We'll be left to pick the pieces up of the desecration of our third arm of government eventually.
— Chxta (@Chxta) March 21, 2019
Let it be remembered that the tyrant, in bid to amass totalitarian powers, brought up spurious charges against the heads of the other 2 independent arms of government and some foolish Nigerians supported evil against #Onnoghen and Saraki pic.twitter.com/Tnyv0nfx9x
— Cupid (@eyenobong26) March 21, 2019
To all those who peddled falsehood against Onnoghen.
May you experience disgrace and shame at your night hour.#Onnoghen
— BIBIRE (@olaajani) March 21, 2019