Nigeria: Ex CJN, Onnoghen petitions IGP over alleged invasion of his farm by suspected herdsmen
London, Feb, 6, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Muhammed alleging that some suspected herdsmen invaded his farm, Wanogan Farms Limited, located around the Masaka area of Nasarawa State, on Friday, February 1, 2019.
In the petition signed by one of his lawyers, Ogwu Onoja (SAN), the suspended CJN urged the police to investigate and provide security around his property.
The letter read in part, “We have been reliably informed by our client that some men who appear to be herdsmen were at the farm on Friday afternoon and also later at night inquiring about the owner of the farm and issued frightening threats to the farmhands working there.
“The workers are now living in fear and consequently have stopped all farming activities. The farm belonging to the family of the CJN is a large commercial venture wherein veritable investments in time, labour and financial resources have been committed.
“We consider such a threat as an indication of imminent attack on the lives and property on the farm and we implore you, in the discharge of your constitutional duty as the number one police officer of the nation, to deploy your men to secure the farm.”
Magu writes Buhari on Onnoghen, says investigation still ongoing
Meanwhile, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has written to President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of investigation being conducted by the commission on Onnoghen.
Copies of the letter with reference number EFCC/EC/P/01 and dated January 30, 2019 were leaked to journalists on Tuesday evening by the first national spokesperson for the Coalition of United Political Parties, Imo Ugochinyere.
The memo was titled, “Interim investigation report: Alleged case of bribery, corruption and money laundering.”
Magu based the investigation on an intelligence report which he said alleged that Onnoghen was in possession of huge naira and foreign currencies that were far above his known legitimate source of income.
He listed the various monies discovered in bank accounts linked to the suspended CJN.
The EFCC boss noted that 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 to enable it to conduct further investigation into his assets.
Magu also said the inability of the EFCC to invite Onnoghen for interview to confront him on the findings also posed a challenge.
As a public figure, he added that the commission did not want the investigation to be made public, so it did not invite other suspects who featured in his statement of account for questioning.
Magu wants a special investigation team be set up to carry out further investigation into the matter.
He wrote, “For speedy investigation, a special investigation team which will include lawyers and investigators will be constituted to specifically investigate allegations levelled against the suspect. The investigation is expected to be concluded within a short time frame.
“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.”
Magu also wants to confirm Onnoghen’s investments in some firms among others.
He however said preliminary findings showed that Onnoghen was in possession of money that was above his known legitimate means of livelihood.
He added, “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.