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Thursday, 7 September 2017

EFCC denies investigating CJN Onnoghen over corrupt practices

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, is not under investigation for alleged corruption.
In a statement by its spokesperson Wilson Uwajuren, the EFCC stated that the recently leaked report of the probe of the CJN was not accurate.

Uwajuren said, though, there were petitions filed against Onnoghen at the time he was under consideration for his current position, the agency found no valid claim in the allegations.
He further noted that the report could create disaffection between the EFCC and the judiciary.
“The Commission wishes to state categorically that it is currently not investigating Justices Onnoghen and Kafarati.
“While Onnoghen was being considered for his present position, the Commission received some petitions which were investigated and found to be without merit and discarded.”
“It is important to state that this report did not emanate from the EFCC and the allusion to “an EFCC source” is diversionary and mischievous.
“For the avoidance of doubt, cases under investigation communicated to the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation by the Commission are classified information and it is troubling how such would be leaked to the media.
“Indeed, much damage has been done to the Commission’s investigation activities by this leak especially as some of the cases mentioned are still at preliminary stages of investigation,” said Uwajuren.
He, however, did not deny the commission was investigating other politically exposed persons, like Messrs. Fayemi, Fayose, Yahaya Bello, Godswill Akpabio, Mrs Okonjo-Iweala, among others.

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