The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said it is not probing Justice Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria, for corruption. An alleged list published by The Punch of influential Nigerians under investigation prompted the clarification by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren. Among names in the list believed to have been submitted by the EFCC to the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation were Onnoghen, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former finance minister; Kayode Fayemi, minister of solid minerals, and Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti state governor
“It is important to state that this report did not emanate from the EFCC and the allusion to ‘an EFCC source’ is diversionary and mischievous,” Uwujaren said
“For the avoidance of doubt, cases under investigation communicated to the office of the attorney-general of the federation by the commission are classified information and it is troubling how such would be leaked to the media.”
He also said the commission was not investigating Onnoghen and Abdul Kafarati, a justice of the federal high court.
“The mastermind of this leak is out to create disaffection between the commission and, particularly, the judiciary. The commission wishes to state categorically that it is currently not investigating Justices Onnoghen and Kafarati,” he said.
“While Onnoghen was being considered for his present position, the commission received some petitions which were investigated and found to be without merit and discarded.
“Indeed, much damage has been done to the commission’s investigation activities by this leak especially as some of the cases mentioned are still at preliminary stages of investigation.”