The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Saturday, raided the farm of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, making away with sales books, receipt booklets, his members of staff lists, and other documents.
It was learnt that about nine EFCC Operatives, a Cameraman, and Policemen in a Nissan bus marked Abuja BWR 627AT, raided Onnoghen’s Farms Limied, located in the Masaka area of Nasarawa State, around 3pm, and searched the entire premises for over three hours.
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.
He maintained that they searched the store houses, water tanks, in search of dollars and other hard currencies.
The relative said: “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 does not 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.”
He revealed 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.
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.”
The EFCC, it was learnt, decided to raid Onnoghen’s Farm, with a view to investigating claims by the embattled CJN, that most of the monies that passed through his accounts were from his Farm business.
The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, had sent a report to the EFCC, revealing the identities of firms that paid $3 million into the bank accounts of Onnoghen.
According to the document, Onnoghen received such huge sums of money despite the fact that his salary and allowances were between N240,202 and N751,082.37, from 2005 to 2018.