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FG asks CJN Walter Onnoghen to vacate office over asset declaration

The Federal Government has asked the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen to vacate office over his alleged refusal to declare his assets.

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Vanguard reports that in a move to force Justice Onnoghen out of office, the Federal Government will on Monday January 14, 2019 arraign him before the Justice Danladi Yakubu led- Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja on charges of failures to declare his assets as required by law and for operating Bank Domiciliary Foreign Currency Accounts.

The charge sheet was filed and served to the CJN at his official residence in Abuja yesterday Friday January 11th, preparatory for his appearance at the tribunal. The Federal Government among others is accusing Justice Onnoghen of refusing to declare his assets which is a breach of the provision of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act.

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Onnoghen has also being accused of maintaining Domiciliary foreign currencies account which comprised Dollars Account, Pound Sterling Account and Euro Account which are alleged to be contrary to relevant laws, especially for public office holders.

Apart from putting the Chief Justice in the dock on Monday, the motion on notice is to be filed against him praying the tribunal to order him to vacate office and recuse himself office so as to prevent alleged interference in his arraignment and trial. The report says a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, names withheld, has been employed to represent the Federal government in court.

Meanwhile, eminent lawyers have volunteered to represent Onnoghen in court.

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Justice Onnoghen whose appointment suffered unprecedented delay by President Muhammadu Buhari over undisclosed issues may be the first CJN in Nigeria to be arraigned for criminal charges by the Federal Government.

Onnoghen was sworn into office by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in March 2017.

It would be recalled the President of the Senate of Nigeria, Dr. Bukola Saraki was in 2015 shortly he emerged the Head of the Legislature arraigned at the tribunal but the charges against him were quashed and he was discharged and acquitted by the tribunal on the ground that the charges against him by government were based on hearsay that could not stand in the face of the law.

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Saraki’s discharge and acquittal was upheld by the Supreme Court under the leadership of Justice Onnoghen.

186 Comments

  1. WHO MADE HIM CJN AT THE FIRST PLACE IF THESE ALLEGATIONS ARE TRUE HOW ON EARTH WILL WALTER HAVE CURRENCY/POUNDS ANDD EURO ACCT,,,,,CORRUPTION EVERYWHERE

  2. Federal government should give us the news that will interested us please, such as. Assu strike have been called off

  3. Because he did not charge saraki is that’s why they want him out of office or because he did not declare is assets to them something is just not right ,even though I don’t like saraki I will still say this the judge found him innocent of all charges against him and according to the law he must be free of all the charges he follows his believed and principles

  4. It will be better if he resigns because we don’t want corrupt officers in the judiciary especially not at the head.

  5. The federal government has taken a bold move and if he is found guilty let him be punished and others will learn from it

  6. Yea just like someone said it’s will be better for him to resign before they kill him oo

  7. That is Nigeria for you. Those saying he has domiciliary account don’t they also have theirs. There is more to this not only declaring assets.

  8. Hmm, trust me this is mere witch-hunting and character assassination instigated by the Federal government to drag the reputation of Walter to mud. I think this allegation is more of political-impregnated.
    well, Lets see it goes

  9. Hmmm,only God knows what transpired between them now because this is their forth year in governance. Declare your asset too oga lawyer

  10. Witch hunting or not,oga CJN should have done the needful by declaring his assets.He left ends loose and that gave room for the supposed witch hunting saga.

  11. He should resign if he can’t declare his assets, there is nothing to hide. What’s so difficult with declaring assets.

  12. Good leader’s are known after living office, good luck was remembered when buhari came to office

  13. Election is fast approaching please if you were ask to step down do so for the sack of your life and family

  14. They have started with the issue of asset declaration again, why will FG ask him to vacate office because he refuse to declare his asset

  15. I’m sure it’s not because he didn’t declare his asset, something else must be the reason. Nigeria politics eh… Not clean at all. FG want him to vacate his office because he didn’t declare his asset and it’s The same FG that refused to declare their asset. Mr President or Mr governor, no body is above the law. Mr President refused to declare his asset up til date and he’s still in office.

  16. Hmmmmm the question here is has the president declare his asset??? but his still on seat, has the governor declare their asset??? And here they are pressurizing him to vacate his office……. This country sef ehhh

  17. Nawaooo just like that….i think more investigation should be made on these so as to ascertain the main issue leading to the problem

  18. Why have to refused to declare you asset. Every one with their wahala. Tell us so we can know how far you have eaten the government fund. All birds of the same feathers.

  19. Political Sagas just rising up from everywhere now since we’re very close to election, Well am not surprised though, Nigeria for you.

  20. This is another season film. All these allegations against the very chief justice of Nigeria

  21. Its better for him to resign now before it become late. So he should do the right thing at the right time

  22. I don’t Believe in that story because he refuses to declare his assets since when he had been chief justice of the federation.

  23. FG is this the next thing? Instead to meet the pressing needs of this country and citizens, yhu are there doing nothing

  24. This is rubbish and it’s simply because the FG has been loosing cases at the Supreme Court. They will surely fail with their motive and intentions.

  25. I don’t think the reason FG is giving is enough to tell him to vacate office
    I think this one is witch hunt

  26. This our government keep receiving and claiming people property what of their own that the are looting

  27. If he is innocent let him declare hid assets na..
    That’s how all these top people are using our money anyhow

  28. Firstly they claimed that there were fighting corruption but they are the heads of corrupt practices.
    Once you fail to comply with their plans they will form a Confederacy against you with their government

  29. Politics everywhere, Walter is not supporting their ideas, dats d reason they re victimising him

  30. This is bad. Why hasn’t he declared his asset since he assumes office. Definitely, he’s skeleton in cupboards

  31. Has Buhari declared his own? Wrong is still wrong no matter what. Kettle calling pot black. But thee man should still d law sha just for obedience sake.

  32. The CJN should make the declaration needed and save himself from getting a bad name. He is a senior lawyer and as such, should know better

  33. All is well o please if Federal government don’t want you again just pack o because one way close another open

  34. He should be given a second chance and asked to declare his asset. I’m sure he will comply if given a second chance

  35. All of them are the same thing, both the FG, they too have their own issue, plagiarism government..

  36. He who passes judgment on others must be made to face judgment as well if he go against the law of the land.

  37. I know there is a northern in the line that they want him to taken the seat, if itbwas PMB alone he won’t have allowed him to be CJN. This was the same thing the did to an AKWA IBOM man and till now Inhave heard nothing about that case

  38. Nigeria wonders should never end,every where corruption only the merciful can Seattle’s this matter.

  39. Seriously I don’t understand this government is this they should be fighting for now or are they just finding out that he has those account, please they have serious and more pressing needs to deal with

  40. Tell us the truth, it’s political. Any one that will be on your way from winning the 2019 election you are removing them. The ones Nigerians want you to remove you live them.

  41. ABEG…. WHICH KIND EXCUSE BE THAT….. I SMELL SOMETHING FISHY. I DONT TRUST THIS GOVERNMENT AGAIN JOOOR….. THEY HAVE SEEN ANOTHER PREY….. LET’S SEE WHO THEY WILL USE TO REPLACE THE CJ…..

  42. He’s operating foreign accounts that includes dollars, pound sterling and euro, what happened to our Nigerian bank accounts…..?
    I guess his money is too big to fit in

  43. These are all politics. Because the majority of the government never liked he’s appointment, they are looking for ways to terminate his office. How many of the political office holders declared there assets are on trial because of this allegation. This government is all about personal interest. If you don’t belong to the party interest you will be hunted or be intimidated. Let them go to court and argue the matter in fairness without political affiliation. Let the matter be investigated and the truth be known.

  44. Fgn there is God oo, all these things are politics, how many of the declare their assets before taking their position they are not, I smell foul play

  45. It is now very clear that buhari is not ready to vacate office when he looses the presidential election.

  46. THE FIRST PLACE IF THESE ALLEGATIONS ARE TRUE HOW ON EARTH WILL WALTER HAVE CURRENCY/POUNDS ANDD EURO ACCT,,,,,CORRUPTION EVERYWHERE

  47. If he his sure about is assets he should declare it to the FG for them to carry out proper investigation

  48. WHATS THERE TO DO AND WHY CANT HE DECLARE HIS ASSETS IF EVERYTHING IS IN GOOD FAITH OR BETTER STILL GIVE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT A TANGIBLE REASON WHY HE IS REFUSING TO DECLARE ITS SIMPLE DONT BE STUBBORN YOUR LAW SUIT AND CAP WILL BE PULLED OF FROM YOU ONCE PRESIDENT ORDERS TO DO YOU AND YOUR CAREER IS FINISHED SO SEAT UP HAVE A RETHINK AND DO THE NEEDFUL OK…

  49. Please declare your asset and be free from all this embracement.. And also retain your office. Don’t see any big thing there.

  50. Transparency is an issue in this country, if those at the helms of law can be secretive about their assets who will then lead the populace to the right path to follow.

  51. The CJN is not dancing to the tune of the cabals and so are looking for a way to get back at him. This government is really confused.

  52. Almost all our leaders do fall victim to different laws and rules in d country and definitely deserves to pay the price for it

  53. If it is expedient for him to declare his asset, then he should do it, otherwise why would the federal government ask him to declare his asset, maybe they are looking for a way to push him out of office

  54. This is a true pointer that this government is totally against corruption and all it stands for
    We had Senate President
    And now a whole CJN
    He should be relieved of duties and dealt with according to the law
    For operating foreign account and for refusal to declare assets

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