Raid on Onnoghen’s farm, plan for fresh charges –CUPP
NEWS DIGEST–The Coalition of United Political Parties on Sunday alleged that the Saturday raid on the farm of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, was done in preparation to filing a fresh charge against him.
It said the raid was meant to afford the security agencies the opportunity to hunt for evidence to justify fresh charges.
The coalition’s national spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, made the allegation in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja.
The statement reads, “The Coalition of United Political Parties condemns in strong terms the illegal raid on the farm of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, located in Nasarawa State yesterday evening.
“We have pictorial evidence to show that the farm was raided by a combined team of policemen and officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. These shameless agents of the government stormed Onnoghen’s farm hunting for evidence to back new charges they will file against him to force him to resign.
“The government wants Onnoghen out by all means so that it can completely take over the Supreme Court before the petition of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, against the result of the February 23 presidential election gets to the apex court.”
Ugochinyere said the CUPP viewed the raid as President Muhammadu Buhari’s new onslaught against Onnoghen “who he illegally suspended as the CJN recently.”
Narrating how the security agents stormed the farm, Ugochinyere said, “About nine men carried out the illegal raid on the farm. They were driven to the farm in a white Nissan bus with a plate number “Abuja BWR 627 AT” at about 5pm.
He said, “They included two policemen, five men in mufti, a driver and one videographer/photographer.
“These intruders did not present any search warrant. They claimed that the EFCC did not need a search warrant.
“The manager was then made to write and sign a document that nowhere was broken into and nothing was taken. The Supervisor 1 was made to countersign the document. Both of them were made to sign under duress.”