Magu writes Buhari on Onnoghen’s investigation by EFCC

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The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), 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 was revealed to journalists on Tuesday evening by the first national spokesperson for the Coalition of United Political Parties, Imo Ugochinyere.

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

The investigation was placed by Magu on an intelligence report which he said alleged that Onnoghen was in possession of large sum of money (Naira) as well as foreign currencies that were far above his known legitimate source of income.

He made a list of the various monies found in bank accounts connected to the suspended CJN.

The EFCC boss stated that investigation had commenced before Onnoghen was appointed CJN but could not continue after his appointment due to 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.

He wrote, “For speedy investigation, a special investigation team which will include lawyers and investigators will be constituted to specifically investigate allegations leveled 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 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, Magu submitted.”

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