Magu Says Onnoghen Is Still Under Investigation
Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in a letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari, has maintained that Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), is still under investigation for corruption allegations.
The letter referenced EFCC/EC/P/01, dated January 30, 2019, was titled, “Interim investigation report: the Alleged case of bribery, corruption and money laundering”.
Copies of the letter were made available by Imo Ugochinyere, spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), to reporters.
Magu explained that the investigation started before Onnoghen’s appointment as the CJN but could not continue after his appointment because of the commission’s inability to get his assets declaration form from the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
He noted also that the inability of EFCC to invite him over is challenging and that the commission would not like to grill him publicly as he is a public figure.
Magu said he wanted a special investigation team to be set up to carry out further investigation.
“For the speedy investigation, a special investigation team which will include lawyers and investigators will be constituted to specifically investigate allegations levelled against the suspect.
The investigation is expected to be concluded within a short time frame,” he wrote.
“There is need to get the Asset Declaration Form of the suspect from the Code of Conduct Bureau for further investigation and to determine his net worth.
“Invitation of all individuals seen to have featured in his statements of account as having sent money to his account or received.
“Invitation of other individuals who paid money into the suspect’s Standard Chartered Bank account for interview.
“Determination of the source and mode of payments of the deposits into the SCB investment account held by the suspect with the aim of unraveling the individuals/entities that have given funds to the suspect over the years and expose his other sources of income.
“It is no doubt indicative of the fact that the suspect must have been involved in bribery and corruption as well as using some corporate entities in perpetrating his money laundering activities.
“Your Excellency, investigation is still ongoing and further developments will be communicated.”
Meanwhile, Naija News reports that CUPP has also alleged that the federal government is planning to arrest Onnoghen today and force him to resign at gunpoint.
“The secretariat of the CUPP has uncovered the latest plot by the presidency to arrest the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen tomorrow (Wednesday) being February 6, 2019 and immediately commence their final descent to infamy by forcing him to resign at gunpoint,” the statement read.