CUPP alleges plot to arrest Onnoghen Wednesday
THE Coalition of United Parties (CUPP) has alleged a plot by the presidency to arrest the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen by Wednesday.
The coalition in a statement issued by its national spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere in Abuja on Tuesday said the Presidency intends to immediately “commence their final descent to infamy by forcing him to resign at gunpoint.”
The statement alleged that the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been given the mandate to execute the plot “and has been told there would be no margin for error as the CJN must resign from office.”
The CUPP which had earlier alerted Nigerians that the CJN that there was a plot to get the CJN to resign at gunpoint, threatening the workers on his farm and harassing his lawyers, said they have moved forward their plot and have resolved to get him out of office before the 11th February 2019 so as to bring to a nullity any decision that may be taken by the NJC at its next meeting on the 11th February.
The statement alleged: “The EFCC has also purchased a Magistrate Court Order to detain the CJN for 14 days. It will interest Nigerians to know that from the Interim Investigation Report personally submitted to the Presidency by the EFCC Chairman, which we hereby attach, it will be discovered that the Federal Government is still groping for evidence of any infractions whatsoever against the Chief Justice.
“They are shopping for just anything, Justice Onnoghen owns only one house which he declared. There are no 55 houses in choice areas nationwide. There are no billions of Naira stashed anywhere in any of the accounts. The report shows just how much that is in the accounts.
“Indeed the Presidency from what can be deduced from the report just directed investigative agencies to find anything just to remove the CJN.
“The It also proves that the Vice President Pastor Yemi Osinbajo lied to the entire nation when he declared that the President did not know about the prosecution of the CJN and that he did not interfere in the functions of the investigative agencies.
“The report of the EFCC vindicates the Chief Justice. It also makes it clear that the Presidency is engaging in a political war against the CJN solely for the purpose of the 2019 elections.
“President Buhari knows full well that Justice Onnoghen will call any judgment through the middle like he did in the legendary minority judgment he delivered in favour of the President during the 2007 Supreme Court judgment following the 2007 Presidential election.
“If Justice Onnoghen was corrupt, was it President Buhari that paid him in 2007 to give judgment in his favour? If Justice Onnoghen was corrupt would the EFCC not have found at least a strand of evidence having investigated him as ordered by the President before his eventual appointment as CJN.
“It is clear the Presidency know the impeccable character of the CJN and have not found anything with which to put a leash on his neck to blackmail him to do their bidding, they have resolved to force him out of office so as to get a pliable and malleable justice to sanction their planned rigging of the elections.”