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Anti-graft war not losing steam – Justice Walter Onnoghen


*Despite FG’s loss of four cases in controversial circumstances

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja behind closed-doors. He had assured the President that the anti-graft war is not losing steam.

Fielding questions from State House correspondents after the meeting, the CJN re-assured the nation that the anti-graft war was not losing steam despite major corruption cases recently lost by the Federal Government in court.

Justice Walter Onnoghen, however, parried a question on the alleged “gang-up” by the judiciary against Buhari’s administration. He rather figured that judicial system was designed in such a way that anyone who loses at a lower court can appeal the ruling in a higher court until you get to the Supreme Court.

The Federal Government had, in the last one week, lost four major corruption cases in different courts. The first was lost by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday when Justice Abdulaziz Anka of the Federal High Court in Lagos lifted the temporary forfeiture of N75million in the account of Mike Ozekhome (SAN) who is the lawyer of Ekiti State governor Ayo Fayose.

The following day, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) lost the case involving a former Niger Delta Affairs Minister Godsday Orubere who was discharged and acquitted by an Abuja High Court over alleged complicity in N1.97billion contract fraud.

On Wednesday, an Abuja High Court discharged and acquitted Justice Adeniyi Ademola, his wife, Olabowale and Barrister Joe Agi (SAN). Justice Ademola, alongside other judges, were last year arrested by the DSS for alleged corruption and possession of firearms.

The EFCC, on Thursday, lost another case involving former First Lady Patience Jonathan as Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court in Lagos defroze her $5.8million Skye Bank account.

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