As the storm bite stronger the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen has finally resigned to pave way for his trial in the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

A recent investigation into his account revealed that more cash has been found in his accounts. This has led to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) restricted the operation of five accounts with about $3million The accounts in the Standard Chartered Bank are USD No. 870001062650; Euro account No. 93001062686; Pound Sterling A/CNo. 285001062679; e-Saver Savings (Naira) account No. 5001062693; and a Naira A/C No. 0001062667.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen has also revealed to have received some pattern of structured payments of $10,000.00 each in 2012. For example, a total of $630,000.00 was credited to the accounts using this pattern. Similarly structured payments of $10,000.00 amounting to $297,800.00, $50,000.00 and $36,000.00 were deposited in the account in 2013, 2015 and 2016 respectively. There was also a credit of $121,116.00 into the account from 2014 to 2016 from Life Friend Plc. The payments were in four instalments, of $30,279.00 each.

The CJN has said that he forgot to declare those bank accounts and other properties before the code of conduct bureau. According to the report,  ”The man has admitted that ‘I did not declare my asset, I forgot’. If the matter was simply that the Code of Conduct Bureau has made an allegation and filed charges in the tribunal, I will presume innocence, but I have seen a written statement by the Chief Justice saying that ‘…yes I have these accounts, yes I did not declare them, but I forgot’. Forgetting is not a defence in law

The information reaching us has it that Walter Onnoghen has done the needful he has resigned as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and he will present himself for the trail.

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