- Joe Agi has denied paying bribe into the account of embattled CJN Walter Onnoghen
- The senior lawyer explained that he only helped the suspended CJN open a domiciliary and pay money into it
- Agi accused the federal government of trying to frame him
Joe Agi who is a senior lawyer and former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Cross River state has denied paying bribe into Walter Onnoghen’s account.
The lawyer is being arraigned by the federal government for allegedly bribing the suspended chief justice of Nigeria for favourable ruling.
Agi in a statement sent to journalists, claimed he only helped Onnoghenn open a domiciliary account and at the request of the former chief justice paid the sum of $30,000 into it.
He explained that in 2009, he told Onnoghen that he could open a domiciliary account instead of travelling with cash from Nigeria to abroad on seminars, holidays, conferences or medical trips.
"My Lord Justice Onnoghen said he had no idea since the opening of foreign account was forbidden for public officers. I informed him that domiciliary account is not a foreign bank account as it is opened and operated within the local banks in Nigeria. It was on this note that I went to my banker and obtained account opening forms for him as a friend and senior brother.
“He completed the forms and I refereed him. He gave me $30,000, being left over of his allowances for overseas seminars, holidays, conferences or medical trips to deposit for him as the first deposit," he stated.
According to him, Onnoghen operated the account himself without him paying even a cent into that account from that 2009 till date.
He said: “Now, 10 years after, I am again being vilified and accused of giving Justice Onnoghen bribe. “If I may ask, a bribe for what case? In the Supreme Court panel, they sit in five or seven persons, was the $30,000 for the five or seven justices? And for what case? This is another huge joke aimed at vilifying my person by the same cabal who are hell bent on tarnishing my image as an aftermath of the exposure of the Paris Club fraud.”
Agi challenged the minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, Mallam Abubakar Malami to bring evidence to support his claim that the $30 ,000 traced to the account of Onnoghen was a bribe.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the embattled CJN Walter Onnoghen got docked at the Code of Conduct Tribunal as trial continued in the case of his alleged refusal to declare all his assets before the bureau in charge as head of the judiciary.
A counsel to the embattled CJN, on Friday, February 15, decried the ongoing trial of his client at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), calling the situation bad for the judiciary.
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