President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has banned former Cheif Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, from traveling out the country.
Latest Nigeria News reports that Onnoghen was convicted in April for failing to declare his assets in the Code of Conduct.
He was subsequently removed and replaced by Judge Mohammed Tanko as the new CJN.
According to Punch, an internal report issued by the Immigration Service of Nigeria stated that Onnoghen, his wife and daughter were trying to travel to Accra, Ghana, when they were accosted by immigration agents.
“On November 11, 2019, retired Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, was attempting to travel to Accra, Ghana. He was in company with his wife, Nkoyo, and daughter.
“His passport, with number A50445233, was flagged because Justice Onnoghen’s name was on the watch list. The passport is currently in custody of the NIS,” the report read.
According to a senior immigration officer, the passport seized from Onnoghen was the ordinary green passport and not the diplomatic one.
He disclosed to the Punch that the directive to seize Onnoghen’s passport was from the president.
“Justice Onnoghen will have to meet with the Presidency to know why his passport was seized. We are only following instructions,” the officer said.
It was gathered that the actions against the former Chief Judge was part of the latest move to probe Onnoghen.
The Presidency is reportedly angry over Onnoghen’s move to challenge his prosecution by the CCT.