EFCC TRACES LAWYER’S ‘CAR GIFT’ TO ONNOGHEN

Written by on March 25, 2019

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has traced a car, allegedly
owned by Walter Onnoghen, the embattled chief justice of Nigeria, CJN, to Joe
Agi, a senior advocate of Nigeria, SAN. Justice Onnoghen The anti-graft agency
said it believed that the alleged car was a gift from the lawyer, who had cases
before Onnoghen at the time of purchase. But Agi has told the EFCC that aside
being a senior lawyer, he is also a car dealer and Onnoghen bought the Mercedes
GL 450 series from him for N7 million in 2010, sources told TheCable. He was
also said to have had cases before the judge when he made the deposit. Agi has
since denied the allegation that the $30,000 was a bribe. In a statement, he said the
money was from allowances paid to Onnoghen on seminars, holidays, conferences
or medical trips abroad. Agi said: “I have been acquainted with Justice Onnoghen,
JSC in our days as lawyers in Calabar, Cross Rivers State from the 1980s before he
was appointed a High Court Judge. “My Lord Justice Onnoghen said he had no
idea since opening of foreign account was forbidden for Public Officers. I
informed him that domiciliary account is not a foreign bank account as it is opened
and operated within the local banks in Nigeria. Campaigns end today, APC in
Katsina, doubts over PDP’s Abuja rally “It was on this note that I went to my
banker Standard Chartered Bank and obtained Account Opening Forms for him as
a friend and Senior Brother. He completed the Forms and I refereed him. He gave
me $30,000 being left over of his allowances for overseas seminars, holidays,
conferences or medical trips to deposit for him as the first deposit. This I did in
2009 i.e 10 years ago. After that, he operated the account himself without me
paying even a cent into that account till date. “Now 10 years after, I am again
being vilified and accused of giving Justice Onnoghen bribe. If I may ask; bribe for
which case? In the Supreme Court panel they sit in 5 or 7 persons, was the $30,000
for the 5 or 7 Justices? And for which case? This is another huge joke aimed at

vilifying my person by the same cabal who are hell bent on tarnishing my image as
an aftermath of the exposure of the Paris Club fraud.” Agi is one of the lawyers
defending Onnoghen in his asset declaration case before the Code of Conduct
Tribunal, CCT. Onnoghen is currently being tried by the CCT over allegations of
non-declaration of some of his assets, although he said it was an oversight.


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