Buhari suspends Walter Onnoghen and Appoints Mr.Tanko Muhammed as Acting CJN.

President Buhari has suspended the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen.

He said the suspension was based on the order of Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on January 23, 2019.

Already Justice Tanko Mohammed from Bauchi State has been sworn-in at the Council Chambers, Presidential Villa, Abuja, to be on an acting capacity.

Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed

The suspension follows the allegations of fraudulent assets declaration charge against Walter Onnoghen, as detectives may have also found more undeclared funds in his accounts.

According to a report by The Nation newspaper, detectives found “suspicious” transactions, including an $800,000 Standard Chartered Bank investment subscription.

Also found is $630,000 lodged in some of the accounts through what is described as “structured payments” in tranches of $10,000 each.

Most of the lodgments, effected between 2012 and 2016, were undeclared in Justice Onnoghen’s assets declaration form, the sources claimed, pleading not to be named because of the “sensitivity” of the investigation.

The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has restricted the operation of five accounts with about $3million.

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