Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, has said he was not aware that he was being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In a statement issued yesterday by his Senior Media Adviser, Awassam Bassey, Onnoghen expressed surprise at the report, stating that he was not aware of any investigation on “intelligence” against him or being summoned for any explanation by any agency.
The CJN, in the statement, reiterated his commitment in the efforts of the current administration to rid the country of corrupt practices, adding that he is open to any form of investigation because he had nothing to hide.
He assured the public of his readiness to pay the required price to make the nation a better place as well as stopping at nothing to see a new dawn in Nigeria’s Judiciary.
The statement read in part: “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.
“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.”
Continuing, it read: “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.
“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.
“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.”