Thursday, January 17,
2019 06.50AM / Ottoabasi Abasiekong for Proshare WebTV
The Federal Government through the Attorney General Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN ordered the freezing of the bank accounts of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mr Walter Onnoghen.
This is in relation to the recent petition and allegations that was made against the CJN on the false declaration of assets.
The petition led to a six-count charge against the CJN by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
In a letter to the Director of the National Finance Intelligence Unit dated January 14th, 2019 the Attorney General cited the Executive Order No 6 of 2018, on the preservation of assets connected with corruption as the basis for the directive.
The letter stated that pursuant to the Executive Order 6 of 2018, banking operations should be restricted on some of the bank accounts of the CJN pending the outcome of the CCT trial.
All the accounts of the CJN listed for freezing are those of the Standard Chartered Bank.
In reaction to the development the Nigerian Bar Association has condemned the move of the Federal Government, to freeze the CJN's account.