The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has denied online reports claiming that the Department of State Security Service (DSS) allegedly found the sum of $9million in his home.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the CJN, Mr. Awassam
Bassey, Onnoghen described the report as infantile lies, intended to
impugn his good name and distract him from the on-going judicial
The statement further read: “The truth, which is already in
the public domain, is that DSS has never raided the home of Chief
Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, not recently and certainly
not in the October 2016 invasion of the homes of some judicial officers
in the country.”
The CJN wondered why anyone would go out of his way “to fabricate stories which are obvious falsehood.”
While advising online publishers to desist from allowing their
platforms to be used as a medium for publication of fake news which does
the country more harm than good in the eyes of the international
community, the CJN assured Nigerians that the sponsors of the fake news
stories and their campaign to smear his name will not distract,
discourage or slow the reforms, which he has started implementing.
He furtheted assured that the Judiciary under his watch will continue to
discharge its responsibility as the last hope of the common man.