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COURT BARS FG FROM FREEZING ONNOGHEN’S ACCOUNTS

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The  Federal High Court in Abuja has restrained the President,  Attorney General of the Federation and Nigerian Financial Intelligence from freezing the bank accounts of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu granted the order while ruling on a motion ex parte instituted by the Legal Defence and Assistance Project Ltd/GTE.

The AGF  last month wrote a letter to the NFIU asking the unit to “restrict normal banking operations on certain accounts belonging to Onnoghen”.

The AGF said the order was in line with Executive Order 06 on the preservation of assets connected with corruption.

however, Justice Ojukwu ruled on February 8, that the AGF must obtain a court order before freezing the accounts

The court ruled, “That the AGF shall obtain an order of court (ex parte) before freezing the accounts of Justice Onnoghen Walter Nkanu Samuel (in respect of exhibit 8) in compliance with the law if it was not obtained.

The court adjourned the matter till February 13.

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