The federal government has asked the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to freeze the bank accounts of Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
The office of Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation, said the demand was in line with a presidential executive order.
FG directed the restriction of banking activities on the accounts, pending the determination of the six-count criminal charge it entered against the CJN at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, in Abuja.
The Presidential Executive Order which was issued by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 5, 2018, permits the FG to confiscate assets belonging to persons facing corruption related charges.
The accounts are as follows: (a) Account No. 5001062686 (Euro) Standard Chartered Bank) (SCB)
(b) Account No. 5001062679 (Pound Sterling) (SCB)
(c)Account No. 0001062650 (Dollar) (SCB)
(d)Account No. 0001062667 (Naira) (SCB), and
(e) Account No. 5000162693 (Naira).
Aside allegation that he failed to disclose his assets as prescribed by law, FG, in the charge that was filed by the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, accused the CJN of operating foreign back accounts.