Walter Onnoghen I have nothing to hide – CJN tells EFCC

The CJN said this while reacting to reports that he is under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen has said that he has nothing to hide.

The CJN said this while reacting to reports that he is under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to Vanguard, Onnoghen said that he is ready to surrender himself to the anti-graft agency.

He also said that he is committed and ready to pay the price of making Nigeria a better place.

The CJN, in a statement signed by his spokesman, Awassam Bassey, said “Our attention has been drawn to media reports quoting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as probing the Hon. The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Hon. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, for yet-to-be disclosed reasons.

“The reports in the media mentioned the reason for the investigation as “intelligence” which for now we take to be abstract.

 “However, the Hon. CJN wishes to use this medium to say that it is the first time he is being aware of any allegations or intelligence against him, neither has he been invited or called upon to offer any explanation on any impropriety.

 “However, the Hon. CJN wishes to assure the public that he has nothing to hide and is open to investigation.

“As a committed patriot who has spent all his adult life in the temple of justice, the Hon. CJN is ready to pay the required price to make the nation a better place.

 “The commitment of the Hon CJN to the efforts of the current administration to rid the country of corrupt practices is unwavering and he will stop at nothing to see a new dawn in Nigeria’s Judiciary.

“He will also not be distracted in his avowed reformative efforts to make the Nigerian Judiciary a beacon of well-rounded justice which the entire citizenry will be proud of.

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“The public is encouraged to keep faith and trust in the present administration’s fight against corruption and be assured that the CJN is doing his best to reform the Judiciary accordingly”.

EFCC’s Head, Media & Publicity at the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren told newsmen that the report was not issued by the agency, Vanguard reports.

Other high profile names on the list include: Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State; Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr.  Kayode Fayemi; Ex-Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello among many others.

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