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CJN failed to declare dollar, pounds accounts, says investigator





A lawyer and investigator attached to the Code of Conduct Bureau , Usman Mohammed , says the Chief Justice of Nigeria , Justice Walter Onnoghen , failed to declare his dollar , pounds and euro accounts when he was elevated to the Supreme Court.
In his statement , which has been attached to the charge sheet , the witness said investigations began after a Non -Governmental Organisation , Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative , wrote a petition against the CJN .

The statement of the witness reads in part , “That the respondent ( Onnoghen ) also operates three domiciliary and two naira accounts with Standard Chartered Bank Limited with the following particulars .

“Domiciliary account number : 870001062650 bearing the name Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen.

“Domiciliary account number : 9300106268 bearing the name Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen

“Domiciliary account number : 285001062679 bearing the name Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen

“Domiciliary account number : 5001062683 bearing the name Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen

“Domiciliary account number : 0100010626667 bearing the name Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen. ”

The investigator said investigations revealed that since 2005 when Onnoghen was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court, he did not declare his assets until 2016 when he was appointed as the Chief Justice of Nigeria .

The statement added , “ That in 2016 declarations, the five domiciliary accounts were omitted . We proceeded to request the account details from Standard Chartered Bank Limited .

“ The bank undertook to provide us with the opening form and provided us with statements of accounts .

“Investigations have been concluded and the facts revealed indict the defendant and consequently the file has been forwarded to the department of legal services for further necessary action . ”

The PUNCH had exclusively reported in September 2017 that the Federal Government was investigating the CJN for alleged corruption .

However , the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had denied the report, insisting that Onnoghen was not under probe .

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