The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami has requested the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit to freeze the bank accounts, allegedly belonging to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Mr. Malami made the request in a letter dated January 14, 2018 with reference number HAGF/2019/E06/Vol.01, saying the request was pursuant to Executive Order 06 on the preservation of assets connected with corruption.
In the letter, which was signed by Abiodun Aikomo on behalf of the AGF, Onnoghen’s dollar, pounds, euro and naira accounts at Standard Chartered Bank, with following numbers: 0001062650, 9300106268, 285001062679, 5001062683 and 0010626667, were asked to be frozen.
The letter partly read, “I am directed by Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to request that you, pursuant to Executive Order 6 of 2018, forthwith restrict normal banking operations on certain accounts belonging to Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen pending final determination of the case against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT/ABJ/1/19 – Federal Republic of Nigeria v Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen Nkanu Walter Samuel.
“These accounts are: Account number 5001062683 (euro) Standard Chartered Bank. 5001062683 (pounds) 0001062650 (dollar), 0010626667 (naira) and 5001062683 (naira).”
The Government of President Muhammadu Buhari alleges that the CJN failed to declare the funds in the accounts in his asset declaration form.
See the letter below: