Buhari Crowns Himself The King Of Anti-Corruption, Celebrates The Conviction Of Walter Onnoghen

By Post-Nigeria: April 19, 2019 13:54

Buhari Crowns Himself The King Of Anti-Corruption, Celebrates The Conviction Of Walter Onnoghen

President Muhammadu Buhari, has reacted to the conviction of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, saying that the ruling is a major victory for the anti-corruption policy of the Buhari administration.

Recall, that Onnoghen was convicted on Thursday afternoon, for false declaration of assets.

The Tribunal ordered that he forfeits the money in the five accounts he failed to declare in his assets declaration form.

The Tribunal also ordered for his removal from Office, and declared that he should not be allowed to hold any public Office, in the next 10 years.

Meanwhile, Onnoghen, who denied the charges against him, has appealed the ruling.

In his appeal, Onnoghen identified 16 grounds on which basis he wants the Court Of Appeal to upturn his conviction.

He also sought seven reliefs from the court, including “an order setting aside the conviction of the Appellant (Mr. Onnoghen).”

Reacting to the verdict on Thursday night, Buhari in a statement by his Spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said that the outcome of the trial, “demonstrates clearly that the law is no respecter of persons, titles, social, or political connections”.

The statement added that the essence of the rule of law, is to hold everyone accountable equally before the law, regardless of their high or law status in the society.

According to him, the war against corruption is “all encompassing, and is not designed to persecute anyone for political or other reasons.

“The rule of law would lose its meaning and validity, if only the weak, the poor and powerless, are punished for their violations of the law. Countries succeed, because the rule of law is evenly upheld and enforced. The war against corruption would go nowhere, if the high and mighty are spared, because of their influence and connections. You cannot fight corruption by allowing impunity, because the rule of law cannot function where impunity is tolerated”, he wrote.

The statement further revealed that the conviction of Justice Onnoghen, should send a clear message that the dragnet against corruption will be spread widely to hold public officials accountable, whether they are Politicians, Judges, civil servants, or holding positions of public trust.

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