March 25, 2019

Onnoghen: EFCC raids ex-CJN’s farm, confiscates documents

Onnoghen: EFCC raids ex-CJN’s farm, confiscates documents

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday raided the farm of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, seizing crucial documents such as sales books, receipt booklets, its members of staff list amongst others.

It was learnt that officials of the anti-graft agency raided Wanogan Farms Limited located in the Masaka area of Nasarawa State around 3pm and searched the entire premises for over three hours.

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An anonymous source said, “We were at the farm on Saturday afternoon when operatives of the EFCC arrived in a white Nissan bus marked Abuja BWR627AT. They forced their way into the premises, harassing everyone.

“No document was presented to the manager under the claims that the EFCC doesn’t need a search warrant.

“They searched his office and made away with a list of staff members from around February last year.

“The manager was then made to write and sign a document that nowhere was broken into, and nothing was taken.

“The supervisor was made to countersign. Both were made to do this under duress.

“The cashier was then harassed and made to turn over the sales record and all receipts and invoices in his keeping.

“He was also made to write an undertaking releasing the sales book to them under duress and made to write his name and designation.”

Onnoghen had written a petition to the Inspector-General of Police, alleging that some men posing as herdsmen invaded his farm on February 1, 2019, asking residents if they had witnessed any suspicious activities.

It was garnered the EFCC decided to raid Onnoghen’s farm in a bid to investigate claims by the ex-CJN that most of the monies that passed through his accounts were from his farm business.

The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit had sent a report to the EFCC revealing the identities of firms that paid $3m into the bank accounts of Onnoghen.

According to the document, Onnoghen received such huge sums of money despite the fact that his salary and allowances were between N240, 202 and N751, 082.37 from 2005 to 2018.

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