Presidency Denies Planned Arrest of Justice Onnoghen

The Presidency over the weekend denied any plans to arrest the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, and other Justices of the Supreme Court.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said there was no truth in the allegation.
The opposition coalition, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), said on Friday that plans were afloat by the presidency to arrest Justice Onnoghen, who is facing charges at the Code of Conduct Tribune for failing to declare all his assets.
“This false story is being peddled by the Coalition of United Political Parties apparently to set the judiciary against the executive and cause major confusion ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
“The story is absolutely false as the Presidency is not in any way involved in plotting against or framing anybody.
“We note that the findings of the Code of Conduct Bureau against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, and the allegations arising from them, are being handled by the courts in the normal way, as is expected in a democratic society like ours.
“The Presidency has not, and will certainly not, interfere in the process.
“We, however, want to draw the attention of the general public to this or similar false stories, which are ill motivated to further the political interests of their sponsors.
“While the Buhari administration is very firmly committed to the fight against corruption, we want to assure the general public that Government will always pursue its mission with the highest standards of fairness, and in strict conformity with the relevant laws”, the Presidency said.

Author: News Editor

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