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FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by dre11(m): 10:26pm On Mar 25
…details 3-stage plan adopted for Onnoghen’s ouster


By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor



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.

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, The source, who is familiar with government’s plan over the matter then went ahead to list the three aspects thus:


A: CASE BEFORE THE CODE OF CONDUCT TRIBUNAL

The first point of focus has been the failure of the Chief Judge to declare his assets immediately after taking office and every four years thereafter, as required by the 1999 Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, and the Code of Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act. This particular illegality has been admitted in writing by the Chief Justice himself and is a matter for criminal prosecution now before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

But we must note that because of its specialized nature, CCT has a narrow jurisdiction and the case before it is confined to the issues of asset declaration, failure to declare assets as required by law and false declaration of assets.

That is what the CCT had been hearing since charges were first filed against the CJN on the 10th of January, 2019. The prosecution recently closed its case and lawyers to the suspended CJN are now to open the defence or make a no case submission. Just for clarity, it is worth emphasizing that the CCT will only treat issues relating assets declaration.



B. CASE BEFORE THE NATIONAL JUDICIAL COUNCIL

The more interesting aspect of the suspended CJN’s dilemma involves allegations of several breaches of the criminal and anti-corruption laws, including money laundering, bribery and tax evasion. It is alleged, for instance, that the suspended CJN is the owner of some domiciliary accounts primarily funded through US dollar cash deposits made by himself.

More disturbing is the pattern of deposits which, according to EFCC, were made in a manner inconsistent with financial transparency and the code of conduct for public officials. These include instances of repeated cash deposits of 10,000 US dollars each, totalling close to two million dollars.

These serious allegations would ordinarily have gone to the High Court for prosecution, but for a case precedent which stipulates that such allegations against a judicial officer should first be presented to the National Judicial Council, more or less an internal disciplinary panel for erring judicial officers, before being prosecuted in a criminal court.

The allegations of unexplained wealth, huge cash deposits being made into the suspended CJ’s naira, dollar and pound sterling accounts directly from the court and well beyond his estacode and other allowances; unexplained payments into the suspended CJN’s account by lawyers who at the same time were appearing before him for adjudication, etc, are currently being handled by the NJC and would be filed in court after the NJC has made its decision on them.

According to the source “We must not miss the point that EFCC is also a petitioner against the suspended CJN. After carrying out an extensive investigation, some of the findings submitted by the Commission are truly shocking. For instance, there are findings to the effect that the CJN received a Mercedes Benz car and dollar cash deposits from a certain Joe Agi, appearing as a Senior Advocate before the Supreme Court in high profile cases.

Worse still, the CJN is shown to have received cash gifts directly into his bank accounts from several other senior advocates, one of which is currently the President of the Bar Association. These implicating cash transactions were going on, in dollar and naira, even up to 2017 and 2018.

“Even as the world eagerly awaits the decision of NJC on these matters, it is pertinent to emphasize that the conclusion of the cases before the CCT and NJC is not likely to be the end of the matter. Criminal charges are still to be filed in court.



C. THE ETHICS ISSUE AND THRESHOLD OF PERMISSIBLE JUDICIAL CONDUCT

The source explained further “Beside the two streams of ongoing legal action against the suspended CJN, is the big ethical question. For good reason, it is often said that it is not enough for a judge to be above board. He must indeed be seen to be above board at all times. Thus, the traditional standard by which judicial officers are measured goes beyond the ordinary.

“The question boils down to what kind of judicial officers we wish to have. For instance, should a judicial officer who has admitted to the breach of a fundamental constitutional provision, with the explanation that he ‘forgot’ his duty to declare his assets correctly, be allowed to continue to function in his judicial office? Should forgetfulness therefore be admitted to the class of legal defences? “Certain other questions also arise.

When, having failed to declare his assets as required by law, the highest judicial officer files two inconsistent asset declarations on the same day, omitting to mention in the first one cash in bank, which he already had on the relevant dates, should he continue to sit in judgment over others while the mess is being sorted out? Where the asset declarations are made, but vital omissions are shown to exist in them, should the relevant judicial officer remain in office, whether or not technically culpable?

What moral justification would such a judicial officer have, sitting in judgment over cases of other Nigerians whose alleged violations are akin to or even less than the violations he so openly and categorically admitted to? Wouldn’t Nigeria be a laughing stock in the comity of nations when we shout and scream “we stand against corruption?” Wouldn’t condonation of such behaviour in judicial officers vitiate any claim we lay to being a civilised nation? Concluded the source: “These are the questions all Nigerians must consider and provide answers to, in trying to make.


https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/03/fg-plots-fresh-charges-against-onnoghen/

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by TANTUMERGO007: 10:28pm On Mar 25
The people of Kano rode on the back of a tiger but ended up in its belle, I pray and hope the Yoruba's won't fall prey. For a man that sold and sacrifice his own Kano that stood for him since 2003 till date for ambition, who's then worth anything to him in southwest.


Kano is bleeding and weeping, sooner or later you will weep too, cause a leopard never changes its spots

I rest my case

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by gbosah91(m): 10:28pm On Mar 25
Make them free this man

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by midolian(m): 10:29pm On Mar 25
Please, can someone remind me what Onnoghen claimed he forgot to declare?

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by Judicible(m): 10:29pm On Mar 25
Fg mata tire me

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by id911: 10:32pm On Mar 25
midolian:
Please, can someone remind me what Onnoghen claimed he forgot to declare?

In CCB rules, if a public officer admit he/she forgot to declare parts or some of his/her assets and voluntarily declear those assets as CJN did in 2016, he is now innocent and not supposed to be referred to CCT. That's the law and CJN can't be convicted because he didn't violate the law.

Your daft Buhari and his cabals are only chasing shadows

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by Degis(m): 11:29pm On Mar 25
Another irreverent display of intellectual crass stupidity. Media trial failed at the first instance and it will fail again

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by FearGodinall: 11:45pm On Mar 25
You have not said anything, Next please.

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by aolawale025: 11:45pm On Mar 25
Anything just to nail the man.
Government is supposed to protect the people.
Not to entrap them

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by artofseduction: 11:48pm On Mar 25
id911:


In CCB rules, if a public officer admit he/she forgot to declare parts or some of his/her assets and voluntarily declear those assets as CJN did in 2016, he is now innocent and not supposed to be referred to CCT. That's the law and CJN can't be convicted because he didn't violate the law.

Your daft Buhari and his cabals are only chasing shadows

CJN Played a fast one.on these dullard.

Is such a shame they still.don't know.

Like d man u qouted, dey re all.brain dead.

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by Excelboi(m): 11:53pm On Mar 25
The man will fight back, he's giving the FG a field day to play first. APC politicians go hear am.

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by valentineuwakwe(m): 1:03am On Mar 26
that means Nigeria will achieve nothing this 2019......imagine elections took its own, court cases will follow suite, the the cjn , plus dasuki dia own will take attention over national issues to be discuss n tackled..i weep for NIGERIA

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by Xander85: 2:14am On Mar 26
Hehehehehe grin grin grin

They'll keep on with the trial and error till something sticks! shocked
Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by engineerboat(m): 3:16am On Mar 26
midolian:
Please, can someone remind me what Onnoghen claimed he forgot to declare?

He forgot to send you back to zoo to play with the look cage and have your .... reset

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by odave: 5:24am On Mar 26
Honestly FG or cabal got nothing on this man, it's a clear case of witch hunting.

They don't want him there but don't know how to play the game. I'm sure they must have try to set him up with bribes in the past and he refused to take it

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by peacettw: 5:31am On Mar 26
All speculations. So much ado about one man.
No more shall we listen or react to allegations released on the media.

Instead we will patiently wait till the matter is addressed in a court of law

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by yuanexchanger: 5:32am On Mar 26
The apc led federal government are very very confused.They should free this man joo.Or bubu is planning of doing what they did to Dasuki.We sell and help you pay your chinese suppliers with Chinese RMB.

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by Bolustical: 5:43am On Mar 26
TANTUMERGO007:
The people of Kano rode on the back of a tiger but ended up in its belle, I pray and hope the Yoruba's won't fall prey. For a man that sold and sacrifice his own Kano that stood for him since 2003 till date for ambition, who's then worth anything to him in southwest.


Kano is bleeding and weeping, sooner or later you will weep too, cause a leopard never changes its spots

I rest my case
Leave the Yorubas out of this and focus on your kerosene sharing states.

What concerns us with your BDC suspended CJN?

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by singa4real: 6:50am On Mar 26
dre11:




…details 3-stage plan adopted for Onnoghen’s ouster






Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/03/fg-plots-fresh-charges-against-onnoghen/


Lalasticlala



If they want to talk about forgetfulness in case C, then Buhari should resign for the flop he made during election campaign in delta and other places. is that not a case of brain damage.

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by kross01(m): 8:07am On Mar 26
It just painful the way these guys move shamelessly and think media trial is the best way to get victory over any perceived adversary. This man was said to have 55 houses and millions of foreign currency in his account, but during the star witness' account during the CCT trial, he was shown to have 5 houses, out of which one was gifted to him by the government. Today now EFCC has said he made multiple deposits of $10,000 totalling millions, meanwhile we saw the figures found in his numerous bank accounts. I for one would love to see how this ends and know who will end up apologising to who at the end. Only time will tell

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by newproject(m): 8:41am On Mar 26
Try Again
Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by ekems2017(f): 8:41am On Mar 26
The counsel of the wicked shall not stand.
When did Nigeria lost it to this extent?
Am ashame.

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by Authoreety: 8:42am On Mar 26
Workless FG
Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by BruncleZuma: 8:43am On Mar 26
grin grin grin grin
Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by ainas247: 8:43am On Mar 26
wink whats happinnnnnn, free this man biko

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by TOPCRUISE(m): 8:44am On Mar 26
The federal government are not serious. They shot themselves in the leg but they want to bring claim that there was no accidental discharge. They are losing this one and they know it.

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by TOPCRUISE(m): 8:45am On Mar 26
Miloz73:
Check my signature to migrate to canada
So why are you in Nigeria. Abi Canada no sweet you

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Re: FG Plots Fresh Charges Against Onnoghen: The 3 Stage Plan by Gboy101: 8:45am On Mar 26
just as how Jesus was crucified.

first he was arrested. the charges where not enough to crucified him according to Pilate . so they start looking for allegations and for people who can testify with allegations that is capable to enable them to kill him.

this is the same case the federal government is searching against the CJN.

the man is still innocent. until will hear from the court.

stop the media trial.

where are the million dollars they once said they found on his account? and to think of it the EFCC is molding it image on this false accusations.

they might end up assassinating this man or make him resigned under duress.

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