Sequel to the judgement of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) which convicted Jusitice Walter Onnoghen of various constitutional breaches, the Federal Government is making final moves to take over his forfeited funds.
Justice Umar Danladi, alongside two other judges at the tribunal unanimously convicted him of false declaration of his assets on December 14, 2016, by omitting to declare his domiciliary dollar, euro and pound sterling accounts as well as two naira accounts as his assets.
The tribunal also ordered the forfeiture of the funds in the five bank accounts which the defendant was said to have failed to declare as part of his assets in breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers.
While Onnoghen has since filed an appeal, Herald Nigeria can report that the ex-CJN will have to forfeit over N46m if the verdict goes through.
Speaking to newsmen over the weekend, The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Umar Aliyu (SAN), noted that the tribunal would draw the order for forfeiture of the accounts from its judgment and the Federal Government would have it served on the bank, Standard Chartered Bank (Nig.) Ltd, on Tuesday.
According to him, this would enable the bank to release the funds to the government without any agitation.