Magu writes Buhari on Onnoghen, says the man is innocent


The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has written to President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of investigation being conducted by the commission on the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Copies of the letter with reference number EFCC/EC/P/01 and dated January 30, 2019 were leaked to journalists on Tuesday evening by the first national spokesperson for the Coalition of United Political Parties, Imo Ugochinyere.

The memo was titled, “Interim investigation report: Alleged case of bribery, corruption and money laundering.”

Magu based the investigation on an intelligence report which he said alleged that Onnoghen was in possession of huge naira and foreign currencies that were far above his known legitimate source of income.

He listed the various monies discovered in bank accounts linked to the suspended CJN.

The EFCC boss noted that the investigation commenced before Onnoghen’s appointment as the CJN but could not continue after his appointment because of the commission’s inability to get his Assets Declaration Form from the Code of Conduct Bureau to enable it to conduct further investigation into his assets.

Magu also said the inability of the EFCC to invite Onnoghen for interview to confront him on the findings also posed a challenge.

As a public figure, he added that the commission did not want the investigation to be made public, so it did not invite other suspects who featured in his statement of account for questioning.

Magu wants a special investigation team be set up to carry out further investigation into the matter.

He wrote, “For speedy investigation, a special investigation team which will include lawyers and investigators will be constituted to specifically investigate allegations levelled against the suspect. The investigation is expected to be concluded within a short time frame.

“There is need to get the Asset Declaration Form of the suspect from the Code of Conduct Bureau for further investigation and to determine his net worth.

“Invitation of all individuals seen to have featured in his statements of account as having sent money to his account or received.

“Invitation of other individuals who paid money into the suspect’s Standard Chartered Bank account for interview.

“Determination of the source and mode of payments of the deposits into the SCB investment account held by the suspect with the aim of unraveling the individuals/entities that have given funds to the suspect over the years and expose his other sources of income.”

Magu also wants to confirm Onnoghen’s investments in some firms among others.

He, however, said preliminary findings showed that Onnoghen was in possession of money that was above his known legitimate means of livelihood.

He added, “It is no doubt indicative of the fact that the suspect must have been involved in bribery and corruption as well as using some corporate entities in perpetrating his money laundering activities.

“Your Excellency, investigation is still ongoing and further developments will be communicated.”



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