The Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, on Wednesday evening, has reportedly surrendered himself to the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, saying that “he is ready for probe.”
Onnoghen said this in reaction to reports alleging that he is among some high-profile Nigerians under investigation by the EFCC.
Although, the EFCC had however, denied that it was investigating him in an earlier reaction today.
In a statement issued by his Media Aide, Awassam Bassey, he said his principal was not aware of any investigation, because he had not been invited for interrogation by the anti-graft agency.
“Our attention has been drawn to media reports quoting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as probing the Hon Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Hon Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, for yet-to-be disclosed reasons”, he said.
“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.”