The Federal Government of Nigeria has reportedly ordered the freezing of five bank accounts belonging to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
The order was contained in a letter dated January 14, 2019, with reference number HAGF/2019/E06/Vol.01, addressed to the Director of Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, by Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney General of the Federation and the Ministry of Justice.
A copy of the letter was revealed by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) in Abuja on Wednesday.
The AGF order that banking operations be restricted on Onnoghen’s accounts with Standard Chartered Bank, pending the final verdict of his case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
The letter titled “Re: Request for freezing of bank accounts subject to investigation and prosecution pursuant to Presidential Executive Order No. 6 of July 5, 2018 on the preservation of assets connected with corruption”, which was however signed by Abiodun Aikomo on behalf of the Attorney General reads below in parts;
“I am directed by Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to request that you, pursuant to the Presidential Executive Order No. 6 of 2018, forthwith restrict normal banking operations on certain accounts belonging to Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen, pending the final determination of the case against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT/ABJ/1/19 – Federal Republic of Nigeria v. Hon. Justice Onnoghen Nkanu Walter Samuel).
“These accounts are as follows: a. Account No. 5001062686 (euro) Standard Chartered Bank (SCB); b. Account No. 5001062679 (pound sterling) SCB; c. Account No. 0001062650 (dollar) SCB; d. Account No. 0001062667 (naira) SCB; and e. Account No. 5000162693 (naira).”