Tensions have risen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal as the Chairman, Danladi Umar, and Walter Onnoghen’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, have engaged each other in an exchange of words.
The altercation began when Mr Umar insisted that proceedings must continue despite agreement by the prosecution lawyer, Aluyu Umar, and Mr Awomolo, that the case be adjourned to a later date in view of some recent developments in the case.
Umar had also directed that Mr Onnoghen appear before the tribunal in person at the next adjourned date.
He said: “Under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), a defendant, who is served with a charge and represented by lawyers, must take his plea before raising any objection.
“The defendant has continued to stay away from this tribunal. I am going to grant this adjournment at the instance of the prosecution and defence, but must state that the defendant must attend court at the next adjourned date so that all the issues would be resolved in his presence.”