- Investigation is being carried out into the finance of Walter Onnoghen
- It was reported that BVN search revealed more accounts belonging to the suspended CJN
- Detectives have written to the banks for more details
Detectives of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit investigating the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen has reportedly uncovered more bank accounts as a result of BVN search.
The Nation reports that the detectives have written three banks for details of the accounts linked to Onnoghen.
According to sources privy to the investigation, detail of the accounts are:
1. USD account from October, 2012 to September, 2016 — $1,922,657.00
2. GBP (£) account from 2012 to September, 2016 — £138, 439.00
3. Euro account as at September 30, 2016 — €55,154.00
4. Naira account from September, 2005 to October, 2016 — N91, 962.362.49
A document submitted on the reported stated that: “Upon receipt of the report, a preliminary investigation was conducted during which the following actions were carried out:
“A request was sent to the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) for a report on the suspect.
“A letter of investigation activities was sent to Standard Chartered Bank, Union Bank and Heritage Bank to provide the statements of accounts of the suspect;
“A BVN search through the NIBSS platform was conducted on the suspect and six (6) more accounts were found to be linked or connected to the suspect;
“The statements of accounts of the suspect were analyzed and further to that, a letter was written to Standard Chartered Bank requesting for additional information on suspicious activities in the account.”
It was reported that there was heightened security in front of the house of Onnoghen although a source claimed it was for his own protection.
He said: “Yes, the security around the quarters was enhanced but I doubt your insinuation of restriction of movement of the CJN.
“With the tension generated by the suspension of the CJN, security agencies are only taking pre-emptive action to prevent the judges from harm.”
Legit.ng had reported earlier that Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed, the new acting CJN swore in 250 members of the general elections tribunal.
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During the swearing-in ceremony held in in Abuja on Saturday, Muhammed admonished the members of the election tribunals to carry out their duties with integrity and godly fear in their hearts.
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