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Drama As FG’s Lawyers ‘Clash’ During Onnoghen’s Trial


There was slightly little bit of drama on the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Monday. Aliyu Umar, lead counsel of federal authorities within the trial of Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), argued with Zainab Duke, a lawyer on his workforce, within the full glare of the tribunal.

Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen

An argument broke out shortly after that they had entered into look within the case. It shouldn’t be clear what led to argument however Umar was seen shouting at her.


Duke wished to make a remark however Umar mentioned: “Sit down, I am leading.”

At this level Danladi Umar, CCT chairman, intervened and requested what the issue was.

A police officer moved to offer a microphone to Duke to talk however the senior lawyer snatched the microphone.

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

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Duke obtained as much as clarify to the CCT chairman however she was not audible.

Thereafter, the lead counsel to the federal authorities utilized that her title be faraway from look.

“I want to apply that her name be withdrawn from appearance,” he mentioned.

Ruling on the appliance, the CCT chairman mentioned Duke ought to “take her leave or take her seat at the back bench.”

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She walked out of the tribunal after Umar’s ruling. Both prosecution and defence adopted their addresses after which a date for judgement will likely be mounted.

Onnoghen, who’s standing trial over alleged false property declaration, resigned final month.

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