The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has
been drawn to a story entitled, CJN, Okonjo-Iweala, Fayemi, Fayose,
Others Under Probe- EFCC, which appeared in The Punch Newspaper of today
Wednesday September 6, 2017 regarding a list of high profile persons,
including the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, former
Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Solid Minerals
Development, Kayode Fayemi and Justice Abdu Kafarati of the Federal High
Court, who are said to be currently under investigation the
According to the newspaper, “The list, sighted one of our
correspondents via an EFCC source on Monday, was recently sent the
anti-graft agency to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister
of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), based on request.
It is important to state that this report did not emanate from the EFCC
and the allusion to “an EFCC source” is diversionary and mischievous.
For the avoidance of doubt, cases under investigation communicated to
the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation the Commission
are classified information and it is troubling how such would be leaked
to the media.
The mastermind of this leak is out to create disaffection between the
Commission and, particularly, the Judiciary. The Commission wishes to
state categorically that it is currently not investigating Justices
Onnoghen and Kafarati.
While Onnoghen was being considered for his present position, the
Commission received some petitions which were investigated and found to
be without merit and discarded.
Indeed, much damage has been done to the Commission’s investigation
activities this leak especially as some of the cases mentioned are
still at preliminary stages of investigation.