The Economic and monetary Crimes Commission, EFCC, has denied in sturdy terms claims that its Officers in remission the embattled judge of African country, CJN, Walter Onnoghen.
The 68-year-old Judiciary officer is standing trial, over allegations of dishonest declaration of assets.
Recall, that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, reportedly issued AN order to the judge of African country, CJN, Justice Walter prophet Nkanu Onnoghen, to right away vacate his workplace, when allegations surfaced on his failure to declare all his assets PRN by law, and for operative housing Foreign Currency Bank Accounts, before assumptive duty because the head of the Judiciary branch.
To this finish, Onnoghen was summoned to look before the Danladi Umar-led Code of Conduct judicature, CCT, on Monday, however was absent as his Defence team, crystal rectifier by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), challenged the jurisdiction of the court to listen to the matter, the case was eventually adjourned to Jan twenty two, 2019.
But in a very new twist to the endless adventure story, news of AN invasion of Onnoghen’s privacy was created celebrated by former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on his Twitter page. He asked President Muhammadu Buhari to decision off the EFCC Operatives from the CJN residence, writing: “Why have the EFCC enclosed the house of CJN Onnoghen, and why square measure they seeking to arrest him? These individuals need African country to burn! Buhari decision off your dogs before it’s too late! this can be a democracy, and not a secret police State! within the name of God, let this madness stop.”
But in a very swift reaction, the anti-graft Commission, same it ne’er extended missive of invitation for arrest to the CJN, nor was his house invaded, as according within the Media.
A statement by the Ibrahim Magu-led agency on weekday, read:
The attention of the Economic and monetary Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to the falsehood that has been spreading on the social media that the EFCC has in remission the judge of African country, Justice Walter Onnoghen. this can be not solely a idea of the imagination of the provider of the pretend news, however AN evil game by the creator and carriers of the news geared toward making disorder within the country.
For the record, the EFCC ne’er visited the house of the CJN for arrest neither was invite extended to him.
Several calls and short messages received all purpose to the very fact that the brains behind the pretend news had one factor in mind: to act as agent of destabilization. we’d not throw in the towel to their plots.
One of the designer of the pretend news, Femi Fani-Kayode, was quoted as oral communication “Why have the EFCC enclosed the house of CJN Onnoghen and why square measure they seeking to arrest him? These individuals need African country to burn! Buhari decision off your dogs before it’s too late! this can be a democracy and not a secret police state! within the name of God let this madness stop”. Another point of the pretend news, Yinka Odumakin shared a non-existent video that has gone infectious agent.
We want to assure Nigerians that whereas we’d fight corruption in line with the mandate fitting the Commission, agents of darkness, within the likes of Femi Fani-Kayode, Yinka Odumakin and his cohorts, would ne’er be able to manipulate the individuals against the Commission.
We additionally need to assure Fani-Kayode, Yinka Odumakin and alternative purveyors of the evil news to be able to defend their actions within the court of law because the EFCC can file libel suit against them while not any delay.
Meanwhile, the most opposition Peoples political party, PDP, has maintained its stance on the planned legal instrument of the CJN by the Buhari-led centralized. Addressing a conference in national capital on weekday, the party’s voice Kola Ologbondiyan slammed the All Progressives Congress, APC, crystal rectifier government, describing the legal instrument as AN alleged plot by the ruling party to entangle the elections in crisis and pave the manner for rigging.
Ologbondiyan alleged, “We square measure all witnesses to the unrelenting assault on the establishment of the judiciary and also the courts by the [Muhammadu] Buhari Presidency yet because the APC. This ignoble act is with the read to exchange Justice Onnoghen with a pliable CJN which will execute its plot to annex the court and use them to curtail freedom of expression and to silence opposition members yet as perceived opponents of the Buhari administration earlier than the February election.”
The PDP voice went on to objurgate that the state was bit by bit slippery into ideology within the face of the recent happenings. He condemned the supposed commit to stifle the judiciary and erode freedom of speech, yet as encourage huge limitation on the media and people United Nations agency criticise the govt.
According to him, the prevailing state of polity in African country may plunge the country into disorder if it’s allowed to continue. His statement reads: “This military blockade on the judiciary has currently return to a climax with the wide condemned try by the Buhari Presidency and also the APC to forcefully take away the judge of African country, (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen. With the prevailing state of our polity; the rank violation of our Constitution, continuous attacks on establishments of democracy and principle of separation of powers, consistent abuse of human rights, just like the protection from the opposition members, it’s clear and evidently clear that our nation is on a fast descent into ideology, that we tend to should all resist with our votes.”
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