- A court has barred the Nigerian government from freezing Justice Walter Onnoghen's account
- The court said the Attorney General of the Federation must seek a court order before freezing Onnoghen's accounts
- The Nigerian government can however freeze the account of the suspended chief justice after obtaining a court order to do so
An Abuja Federal High Court on Monday, February 11, ruled that the Attorney General of the Federation must obtain a court order before freezing the accounts of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Sahara Reporters reports that the court granted the order on Monday, February 11, after an ex parte motion, filed by the Legal Defence and Assistance Project Ltd/GTE.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu granted the order said: “That where it is shown that the order of court was obtained before the freezing of the accounts contained in Exhibit B, the freezing order shall remain valid.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reportedly traced a $30,000 payment made into Walter Onnoghen’s account by Joe Agi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who recently faced accusations of bribing Justice Adeniyi Ademola with N160 million and a car worth N8.5 million.
Agi is one of the lawyers defending Onnnoghen, the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), in his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for alleged fraudulent assets declaration. Ademola is a retired judge of the Federal High Court.
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A source who disclosed the discovery said Agi paid the money to Onnoghen in 2009. He said EFCC also discovered that Onnoghen has an account with Heritage Bank that he never disclosed in his assets declaration form.
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