By Nwangwu Uba
It did not come to many as a surprise when information filtered out that Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice Of Nigeria, CJN, who was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari on the advice of Danlandi Umar, Chairman of the Code of Conduct
The NJC was said to have conveyed their
It was reported that before his departure to Jordan, in the Middle East, the NJC, had also sent the Council’s rreport and decisions on the suspended CJN and Tanko, the acting CJN. Presidency sources said the NJC’S report and decisions were sent to him through Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff, regarded as a power broker in the Presidency . He was said to have been accompanied by Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General and minister of Justice.
The Value News was informed that the Council report and its agreed decisions were conveyed to the President for approval. Note that that the Council had cued into the recommendation of the five -man Committee the duo, Onnoghen and Tanko, the acting CJN. This may have informed the reason why it forced the Cross River state embattled CJN to resign his appointment .
This is evident going by the response of Femi Adesina, a Senior Special Assistant to the
Although information about the embattled CJN resignation still remain sketchy, Maman Tahir, a Professor and Vice Chancellor of Baze University, a private sponsored University said the CJN resignation came too late. According to him, the embatled CJN , ought to have resigned his position earlier before his trial at the CCT instead of allowing himself to be forced out by the NJC.
Tahir, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, noted that the trial of Onnoghen , the CJN, would not have been in public domain if he had relinquished his position earlier. He fears that the resignation may not be effective because he had not resigned before the NJC took the decision, an indication that he is at the mercy of the President whether to” accept or reject that decision on his part” .
The legal luminary stated that the resignation may face complication for him since he has not resigned before the NJC took the decision. Apart from the petition written by Dennis Aghaya, Executive Secretary of the Abuja based Anti-Corruption Data Based Initiative and Research which had started the troubles for
Recall that the Commission had submitted its
The Commission, had investigated his transactions with the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSC, Central Security and Clearing System, CSCS, to get details of high yield stocks and bond options held in the Capital Market to have something incriminating to nail and thus force him .
it was also said to have beamed its searchlight on the country’s Discount Houses to check his ”transactions history in Treasury bills and how such instruments were financed. The investigators were said to have reached out to the Abuja Geographical Society, AGIS, to obtain his list of properties, Vehicle Inspection office, VIO, to know the exotic vehicles owned by him, and the Nigerian Customs Service , NCS, to know his currency declarations for movements outside the country.
It may have found within its three years of secret investigation of the CJN, that he has major investments in”Life Friend PLC, agricole, Lloyds and Pur Noble which were foreign Companies which was yielding him thousands of dollars annually. The Companies were said to have paid $121,116 and $482,966 respectively into his domiciliary accounts that was said to have a yearly turn- over of 55,154 Euro between 2013 and 2016, His choice property in Maitama , a high brow area of Abuja, speaks volume.
The Commission may have come to the conclusion that the cash flow to the embattled CJN’s accounts could not be justified by his monthly salary of about N751, 082.37 or an annual Salary of N9, 012,988.44 , was an idictment on as a Corrupt government official .
Political watchers believe that if the NJC had not been forced out of office by the NJC,, there are possibilities that Buhari, who won his re-election bid in