The federal government has reportedly asked the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to freeze the bank accounts of the chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
TheCable reports that this request was made in a letter on Wednesday, January 16 by the office of Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation.
He reportedly said this was in line with a presidential executive order. Meanwhile, The vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari was actually not aware of the plan to arraign Justice Walter Onnoghen, the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), until the evening of Saturday, January 12. The Cable reports that Osinbajo said this on Wednesday, January 16, at the third Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) conference in Abuja. According to the report, Osinbajo said he is not happy about the development.
“I feel very sad that is going on at all,” he said, adding that the president warned that nobody should interfere with what the institutions are doing. “President Muhammadu Buhari, his whole approach is that, institutions should just do their work. I can tell by fact, that he did not know about this until Saturday evening. “He did not know that there will be any kind of arraignment till Saturday evening. He has said categorically don’t interfere with what the institutions are doing. Sometimes it has consequences like we have today. “My take is that I rather not have a situation where members of profession are being tried for an offence. “I don’t feel good about it, as a matter of fact, I feel very sad about it; that is going on at all. But that is my position on it but I want to say that this is the way it works.”