FRESH investigations into the finances of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, appear to be yielding huge surprises beyond what is already known from the criminal charges filed against him last week by the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.
The Nation reports that investigators are looking at five accounts allegedly holding $3million (N1.06billion) belonging to Mr Onnoghen. Like the earlier discovered undeclared accounts for which the CCB indicted the CJN, these newly discovered accounts were also not declared by the CJN in his Assets Declaration Form.
Also, there is compelling investigative evidence that even though the CJN’s salary was about N751,082.37 in 2008 and “remains within this range till date”, his salary account rose untouched from N6, 132, 885.24 in March 2015 to N22, 520, 636.27 in October 2016. Also, investigators are curious that the account witnessed a turnover of N91,962.362.49.
There are indications that these latest revelations have put the Supreme Court into panic mode. There are fears about the extent of the investigations.
President Muhammadu Buhari has persistently declared unqualified support for his government’s anti-corruption fight. He has remained mute in the face of the recent escalation of the anti-graft war that brought the CJN’s finances into public focus. This is despite possible negative consequences for his campaign for re-election into office. Analysts believe that this itself is a sign of what lies ahead for corrupt people if Mr Buhari gets a second term in office from May 29 this year.