Stella Dimoko Lawyers Clash During Embattled Former CJN Onnoghen’s Trial


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Monday, April 15, 2019

Lawyers Clash During Embattled Former CJN Onnoghen’s Trial

There was a little bit of drama at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Monday.

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

An argument broke out shortly after they had entered into appearance in the case. It is not clear what led to argument but Umar was seen shouting at her.

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

At this point Danladi Umar, CCT chairman, intervened and asked what the problem was.

A police officer moved to give a microphone to Duke to speak but the senior lawyer snatched the microphone.

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

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

Thereafter, the lead counsel to the federal government applied that her name be removed from appearance.

“I want to apply that her name be withdrawn from appearance,” he said.

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

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

Onnoghen, who is standing trial over alleged false assets declaration, resigned last month.

From the Cable


  1. This whole thing is getting messy. They should speedy up this trial and let Nigerians know exactly the outcome.

    1. outcome? onnoghen is a gooner.then no they win government for this kind of serious matter.

    2. But all the allegations peddled against him were all false as testified by the prosecuting witnesses. What will you say about that and how is he a goner?

    3. Obviously teejay has not been following the court proceedings to make this kind of blatant false claim. If he wasn’t a goner, why put forward a letter of resignation to the president? Don’t forget the NJC’s recommendation on his case.

    4. He put up a resignation letter so he can still be entitled for his benefits than been retired by the presidency.

      What happened to the lies that he has 55 houses and foreign accounts running into billion that was countered to be false by three Federal government prosecuting witness?

  2. Buhari shame on you. Shame on you

    1. Shame on you Default Smile for supporting corruption in the Judiciary.

  3. Battle for money


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