The Coalition of United Political Parties have leaked an official memo from the office of the Attorney General of The Federation directing the the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit to freeze the account of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, justice Walter Onnoghen over his asset declaration.
The account is said to be frozen pending the conclusion of the investigation of the charges against the CJN him, and his subsequent prosecution.
The letter signed by one Abiodun Aikomo is sequel to the Presidential Executive order No. 6 enacted on July 5, 2018.
The accounts targeted five in number and are two naira accounts and four domicillary accounts in different currency , all domicile with Standard Chartered Bank.
a. Account No. 5001062686 (Euro) Standard Chartered Bank (SCB)
b. Account No 5001062679 (Pound Sterling) SCB
c. Account No 0001062650 (Dollar) SCB
d. Account No 0001062667 (Naira) SCB, and
e Account No 5000162693 (Naira)
The Code of Conduct Bureau had filed a six-count charge of false assets declaration against Onnoghen after a petition by the Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative (ARDI).
He was to be arraigned at the tribunal on Monday but failed to effect proper service of summon on CJN.
Both federal high court and the national industrial court had earlier restrained chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar from going ahead to hear the case against the CJN pending the determination various suit filed.