Suspended Chief Judge of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen is reported to have developed High Blood Pressure (HBP) and toothache, leading to his inability to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for the resumed hearing of a case against him.
His counsel, Adeboyega Awomolo,today, Tuesday, tendered a letter from him, explaining that he developed issues with his tooth and could not make it to court, even as the prosecutor, Aliyu Umar, said that he had also received a copy of the letter as well as a medical report indicating he had a high blood pressure.
Aliyu Umar said that the health of a defendant is as important as the case on the ground and in the light of that, he would concede that the absence is on medical grounds.
He, therefore, urged the court to consider the report and adjourn the case till next week Monday or another week for a day-to-day hearing.
According to the letter, Onnoghen was given a 72-hour bed rest as the case was adjourned.