There were indications Sunday night that the federal government had taken fresh steps to ensure that the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, does not return to his seat but finds a place in one of the country’s prisons to spend some time off.
Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen It was learnt that the government had taken the new initiative to press new criminal charges against the embattled CJN irrespective of his clearance or otherwise by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, currently trying him for non-declaration of assets.
The new plan is to drag him to a Federal High Court with wider jurisdiction than the CCT and fresh criminal charges slammed on him, thereby making it more difficult for him to escape justice. A top federal government official, who pleaded anonymity, told Vanguard last night that while there is a lot of focus on the CCT case, there are actually three aspects to the Onnoghen trial.
According to the source “when President Muhammadu Buhari decided to suspend Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen on the 25th of January, 2019, it was in response to serious allegations of irregularities, illegalities and criminal conduct contained in petitions submitted against the top judicial officer, and indeed some findings of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which not only substantiated those petitions but threw up even more damning facts.
Since then, there have been several public revelations and judicial proceedings which are sometimes confusing to members of the general public. “ Continuing the source added that “For clarity, there are two different cases currently ongoing before constituted panels and a separate ethical issue in the public domain,