CJN Onnoghen not under probe, EFCC says; silent on Fayemi, Fayose, Jonathan, others

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, is not under investigation for alleged corruption, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said, saying a report of the probe of the CJN was not accurate.

The report, published by the Punch on Wednesday, also included, apart from Mr. Onnoghen, a Judge of the Federal High Court, Audu Kafarati; former first lady, Patience Jonathan; former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; serving Governors Ayo Fayose (Ekiti) and Yahaya Bello (Kogi); and the Minister for Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi among others.

But the EFCC, in a statement Wednesday afternoon, said, though, there were petitions filed against Mr. Onnoghen at the time he was under consideration for his current position, agency found no valid claim in the allegations and, as such, he was not under investigation.

“The Commission wishes to state categorically that it is currently not investigating Justices Onnoghen and Kafarati,” stated Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson for the EFCC.

“While Onnoghen was being considered for his present position, the Commission received some petitions which were investigated and found to be without merit and discarded.”

Mr. Uwujaren said the report could create disaffection between the EFCC and the judiciary.

He, however, did not deny the commission was investigating other politically exposed persons, like Messrs. Fayemi, Fayose, Yahaya Bello, Godswill Akpabio and Mrs Okonjo-Iweala, among others.

The newspaper had reported that its story was sourced from a document sent, containing list of high profile suspected corruption cases, to the Attorney -General of the Federation by the EFCC.

“It is important to state that this report did not emanate from the EFCC and the allusion to “an EFCC source” is diversionary and mischievous.

“For the avoidance of doubt, cases under investigation communicated to the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation by the Commission are classified information and it is troubling how such would be leaked to the media.

“Indeed, much damage has been done to the Commission’s investigation activities by this leak especially as some of the cases mentioned are still at preliminary stages of investigation.,” said Mr. Uwujaren.


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  • thusspokez

    The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, is not under investigation for alleged corruption, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said, saying a report of the probe of the CJN was not accurate.

    He is one of the people with the EFCC ‘Untouchable Status’ card. Nigerians would have to wait for another party to be elected with a different EFCC boss to find out the truth.

    • Man_Enough

      After the bloody nose the government got from sting operation against the judges, they cannot but thread gingerly.

  • Gary

    The important question the Nigerian people and their elected representatives need to urgently ask and probe is if Nigeria’s security agencies are now keeping files on prominent citizens and for what purposes? You cannot be probing charges or allegations against past and current public officials in secret. Not in a democracy. That is the stuff of Police States like the former Soviet Union, East Germany and North Korea.
    Individual Nigerians have a right to know if and when they are being investigated, the reasons and when such is discharged or followed by indictment.
    In a scant two years, Mr. Buhari’s security agencies and AGF have reinstated the policies of his military regime. All under the guise of fighting corruption. Our democracy is gradually being turned into a Police State by Lawal Daura, Ibrahim Magu and the sleazebag AGF Malami.
    God help us.

    • Man_Enough

      Methinks investigations have to be discrete to be effective, especially if you are investigating individuals who have the capacity to influence your sources.

  • arike

    I wonder why something of secret is leaked out; the Punch newspapers should be questioned to find out how they came about it.

  • arike

    EFCC needs to start making head way concerning the issue of stolen funds with those found guilty of the offense rather waste time insinuating about it and dragging people’s name into the mud.

  • arike

    The leakage of the list shows that EFCC has a lot of work to do in the aspect of corruption.

  • arike

    Until we start setting our priorities right in this country, am not sure we can get the solution to our problems. We have to take one thing at a time, rather than muddle a lot and not still achieve a thing.

  • arike

    I will just advice the EFCC to do proper investigations on those listed to be probe, so we will not have to punish those who are not involved in the crime.

  • Melvin Great

    I am not surprised if the list of “corrupt” individuals was leaked to the public because Nigeria’s political landscape is filled with intrigues and drama. A cursory look at the names of the High-Profile individuals on this list reveals a good number of them served under the previous administration and this is something of interest.

  • arike

    And am just wondering, is it only the PDP members that are to be probe? i think there might be more to this.

  • arike

    A petition written against someone could be out of jealousy or just to put the person in trouble. So the EFCC needs to be careful in the process of their investigations.

  • arike

    I believe this list is just written as a means of covering up for the main people to be probe. We can’t keep pushing this thing under the carpet.

  • arike

    The EFCC knows those really involve in the crime, they should just get them and stop writting name s of people who have done great things for Nigeria.

  • Melvin Great

    How did EFCC allow the list to be exposed? How did Punch intercept the list in question? What is the authenticity of this list? This country!

  • Melvin Great

    Is this a Political witch-hunt between parties?

  • arike

    Am so surprised to see the former Minister of Finance as part of the people to be investigated. We need to start appreciating our own in this country.

  • Melvin Great

    Nobody is guilty unless proven so by the Court. Everything else is just speculation.

  • Melvin Great

    How did EFCC allow the list to be exposed? How did Punch intercept the list in question? What is the authenticity of this list? This country!

  • Melvin Great

    The credibility of EFCC is always in question these days. Its needs a reform.

  • Melvin Great

    What happened to all the recovered loots within the past few months? We need an explanation from the EFCC!

  • Melvin Great

    Can we trust this government to totally stamp out corruption?

  • Melvin Great

    I would appreciate a public statement made by the EFCC to clear things up.