Onnoghen: No plan to interfere in case, order arrest –Presidency

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Femi Adesina

The Presidency has vowed that it will not interfere in the prosecution of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.

This is as it stated that it had no plan to order the arrest of the CJN or frame Supreme Court justices.

Walter is being arraigned at the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged non-declaration of assets.

The Presidency gave the assurance on Saturday in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.

The statement was issued in reaction to the claim that there were plans to arrest the CJN and frame justices of the Supreme Court ahead of the coming general election.

The statement reads:

NO PLAN TO ORDER ARREST OF CJN, FRAME SUPREME COURT JUSTICES – PRESIDENCY

We have read with considerable concern and surprise, the fake news of the Presidency’s alleged plan to arrest the Chief Justice of Nigeria and frame three other Supreme Court Justices.

This false story is being peddled by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) 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.