More cash found in CJN Onnoghen’s accounts

Detectives have reportedly found more “suspicious” funds in Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen’s accounts, according to TheNation.

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There are also “suspicious” transactions, including an €703896.80 Standard Chartered Bank investment subscription, the report said.

Also found is €554318.73 lodged in some of the accounts through what is described as “structured payments” in tranches of €8798.71 each.

Most of the lodgments, effected between 2012 and 2016, were undeclared in Justice Onnoghen’s assets declaration form, sources claimed.

The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has restricted the operation of five accounts with about €2.64million.

Detectives believe that most of the lodgments and transactions are “suspicious”.

An intelligence report on the CJN’s accounts reads in part:

“Pattern of structured payments of €8798.71 each in 2012.

For example, a total of €554318.73 was credited to the accounts using this pattern. Similarly structured payments of €8798.71 amounting to €262025.58, €43993.55 and €31675.36 were deposited in the account in 2013, 2015 and 2016 respectively.

There was also a credit of €106566.46 into the account from 2014 to 2016 from Life Friend Plc. The payments were in four installments, of €26641.61 each. These payments suggest the suspect has investments.

A payment at €424947.78 from Alicia Redemption Pro and shortly after, €703896.80 was invested in SCB Investment subscription. We are in the process of verifying these transactions;

Other suspicious transactions in the account are credit of €17389.77 from Pur of Noble and seven payments of €2859.58, each amounting to €20017.07 from Lloyds TSB.

On the pound sterling (GBP), the investigative team discovered “a self- transfer of €45934.07 into the account on May 31, 2016.”

There were also self-deposits by the suspect of €56761.68 from July 2015 to September, 2016, but the balance as at September 30, 2016 was €123593.53.”

All the transactions are being investigated whether or not they violated the “Revised Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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