EFCC raids Onnoghen’s Nasarawa farm, seizes documents

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Pic 20. Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen briefing State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (11/4/17) 02190/11/4/2O17/Callistus Ewelike /OTU/ICE/NAN

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC raided embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen’s farm on Saturday and also made away sales books, receipt booklets, its members of staff list and other documents.

The EFCC operatives who raided Onnoghen’s Nasarawa farm came with policemen and a cameraman in a bus marked Abuja BWR 627AT around 3pm, and sources disclosed that they searched the entire premises for over three hours. Store houses, water tanks were all searched for dollars, and a relative of the CJN disclosed that the EFCC operatives seized all the phones of the workers to prevent them from taking photographs of the operation.

“We were at the farm on Saturday afternoon when operatives of the EFCC arrived in a white Nissan bus marked Abuja BWR627AT. They forced their way into the premises, harassing everyone.

“No document was presented to the manager under the claims that the EFCC doesn’t need a search warrant. They searched his office and made away with a list of staff members from around February last year.

“The manager was then made to write and sign a document that nowhere was broken into, and nothing was taken. The supervisor was made to countersign. Both were made to do this under duress.

The cashier was then harassed and made to turn over the sales record and all receipts and invoices in his keeping. He was also made to write an undertaking releasing the sales book to them under duress and made to write his name and designation” the relative told Punch.

He further added that the EFCC men harassed the human resources director over the phone, and requested that the company’s invoices be turned over to the EFCC. Prior to this, it was learnt that the anti-graft agency officials had been carrying out surveillance on the property, before deciding to search it.

The relative added, “These people alleged that Onnoghen had 55 houses but when they realised that he had only one house; they decided to start looking for evidence.

“They claimed he had foreign accounts but when it was time to provide evidence to the NJC, they realised that it was only domiciliary accounts he had which is not the same as foreign accounts. Now, they are looking for evidence when the matter is already in court.”

While EFCC’s spokesman, Mr Tony Orilade said he was not aware of the raid on Onnoghen’s farm, it was gathered that the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit had sent a report to the EFCC revealing the identities of firms that paid $3m into the bank accounts of Onnoghen.

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