Justice Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria, has failed to appear before the tribunal over six-count criminal charge against him.
The trial commenced without him in attendance as he was represented by team of lawyers.
The CJN is on trial for alleged failure to declare his assets.
The CJN is represented by a team of lawyers led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN). 47 out of the lawyers are Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN).
Meanwhile, a former Director of Public Prosecution in Kano State, Aliyu Umar (SAN), is leading the Federal Government’s prosecution team.
Umar was one of the senior lawyers appointed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), as part of government’s prosecution team in 2016.
He led the FG’s prosecution team that was to prosecute the Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu for alleged forgery of Senate rules.