CJN Justice Walter Onnoghen
CJN Justice Walter Onnoghen

Asset Declaration: FG Asks CJN Onnoghen to Vacate Office
…. To be Arraigned on Criminal Charges Monday

The Federal Government has declared war against the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, asking him to immediately vacate his exalted office as Head of the Nation’s judiciary over alleged sundry asset declaration issues.

In a move to force Justice Onnoghen out of office, the Federal Government will on Monday January 14, 2019 arraigned the CJN before the Justice Danladi Yakubu led- Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja on charges of failures to declare his assets as required by law and for operating Bank Domiciliary Foreign Currency Accounts.

The charge sighted by PRNigeria against Justice Onnoghen has already being filed and served on him last Friday at his official residence in Abuja preparatory for his appearance at the tribunal.

The Federal Government, among others, is accusing Nigeria’s Head of the Judiciary of refusal to declare his assets in breach of the provision of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act.

He is also being accused of maintaining Domiciliary foreign currencies account which comprised Dollars Account, Pound Sterling Account and Euro Account which are alleged to be contrary to relevant laws, especially for public office holders.

Justice Onnoghen whose appointment suffered unprecedented delay by President Muhammadu Buhari over undisclosed issues may be the first CJN in Nigeria to be arraigned for criminal charges by the Federal Government.

Apart from putting the Chief Justice in the dock on Monday, PRNigeria learned that motion on notice is to be filed against him praying the tribunal to order him to vacate office and recuse himself office so as to prevent alleged interference in his arraignment and trial.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN) name withheld has been engaged by Federal Government to lead the onslaught against justice Onnoghen, while PRNigeria could not ascertain names of those who will lead the defence team for CJN.

However, it is gathered that eminent lawyers have volunteered to put their services at the disposal of Justice Onnoghen in the bid to rescue him from the claws of the government.

It would be recalled the President of the Senate of Nigeria, Dr. Bukola Saraki was in 2015 shortly after he emerged the Head of the Legislature, arraigned at the tribunal but the charges against him were quashed and he was discharged and acquitted by the tribunal on the ground that the charges against him by government were based on hearsay that could not stand in the face of the law.

Saraki’s discharge and acquittal was upheld by the Supreme Court under the leadership of Justice Onnoghen.

By PRNigeria

12 COMMENTS

  1. I have always said it that Buhari is a saddist,he is deviding Nigeria more and more.We shouldn’t forget how long and what it took Buhari to accept this man as CJN, the first Cjn from the south that I know ever since I was born.Nigerians must wake up to protect their fundamental and human rights.Just because this man is from the south Buhari wants to remove him and put his brother or sister from Daura or a Fulani like him or a Moslem.This old Islamic fanatic is succeeding in deviding our great country and we must not allow him.Everywhere you go now in the country it’s only the abokiis you would see in the positions of authority and some body like Tunubu and the shortest man on Earth ,Oshiomole can’t understand that this man is using them against their people and would definitely dump them again when he gets there the second time.Big shame on them all.

    • This are the reasons why we like more. Why did u talk on our religion and our tribe? I wanted to vote Atiku b4 but bcoz of Wat u hv just said will not

    • The allegations against him (CJN) are they true? Is there a prima facie case against him?. Is El Zalzaky from the south? Is Sambo Dasuki from the south? President Buhari is not infallible. We should not be alluding tribal sentiments to real issues

    • Pls must you defend corruption in the name of protecting your brother or kinsmen without taking note of his damaged to the masses of this country which your poor co citizens even within your state are part of the suffering, Haba we will not continue like that anymore, Nigeria must be well position to the great height ijnm

  2. Buhari is a Nigerian leader not a sectional,tribal or a religious leader. He is trying to make Nigeria a better society, nor matter what name you trying to give him now.

  3. Pls must you defend corruption in the name of protecting your brother or kinsmen without taking note of his damaged to the masses of this country which your poor co citizens even within your state are part of the suffering, Haba we will not continue like that anymore, Nigeria must be well position to the great height ijnm

  4. No one is above the law. All corruption must be exposed. The problem is the plea bargaining has denied the nation the opportunity to know the culprits and be ready to refuse them being recycled

  5. Nigeria has become “Animal Farm” where all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. Nigerians are no longer fools. We’re wiser now. The country is now on the edge of a precipice. But our God is on the Throne!

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