- EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, has written a letter to President Buhari over allegation of fraud levelled against suspended CJN Walter Onnoghen
- Magu said the investigation commenced before Onnoghen’s appointment as the CJN but could not continue after his appointment
- The anti-graft boss also said the inability of the EFCC to invite Onnoghen for interview to grill him was a challenge
Ibrahi Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has written to President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of investigation being conducted by the commission on the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
The Cable reports that Magu made this known in a letter to the president on the corruption charged levelled against the embattled former CJN.
Legit.ng gathered that the letter with reference number EFCC/EC/P/01, dated January 30, was titled: “Interim investigation report: Alleged case of bribery, corruption and money laundering.”
The spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Imo Ugochinyere, made copies of the letter available to reporters.
Magu said the investigation commenced 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 also said the inability of the EFCC to invite Onnoghen for interview to grill him was a challenge, adding that as a public figure, the EFCC did not want the investigation to be made public.
Magu said he wanted a special investigation team which will include lawyers and investigators, be set up to carry out further investigation.“The investigation is expected to be concluded within a short time frame,” he wrote.
The EFCC boss said: “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.”
Ugochinyere had said the federal government is planning to arrest Onnoghen on Wednesday, February 6, and forcing him to resign. He said this in a statement issued late Tuesday, February 5.
The statement read: “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 latest recruit in this plot against the CJN being the Chairman of the EFCC has been given the mandate to execute this plot and has been told there would be no margin for error as the CJN must resign from office or from life one way or the other.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Supreme Court struck out the suit filed by the Senate, challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Walter Onnoghen.
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