EFCC Not Aware Of Raid On Justice Onnoghen’s Farm, Says Spokesman

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Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen (file)

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it is not aware of any raid on the farm allegedly linked to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Operatives of the commission, a cameraman and policemen were said to have raided Justice Onnoghen’s farms located in the Masaka area of Nasarawa State around 3 pm on Saturday and allegedly searched the entire premises for more than three hours.

But in a telephone conversation with Channels Television, EFCC’s spokesman, Mr. Tony Orilade, denied being aware of any search by operatives of the agency on the property reportedly linked to the suspended CJN.

The denial comes barely 24 hours after the EFCC dismissed reports of raiding Justice Onnoghen’s residence.

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According to the anti-graft agency, it never went to the CJN’s house.

There were also reports about an invitation from the EFCC to the CJN, however, the EFCC said it did not extend any such invitation.

While describing these reports as ‘fake news’, the anti-graft agency urged Nigerians to disregard all unfounded claims and be rest assured that the commission will fight corruption in line with the agency’s mandate.

Justice Onnoghen is facing six charges bordering on failure to declare his assets and operating a domiciliary account, among other charges.

Suspected Herdsmen Burn Ortom’s Rice Farm In Benue

 

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State may have lost over N100 million in rice produce following the invasion of his farm by suspected herdsmen.

The rice farms in Gbajimba, Guma Local Government Area of the state were burnt when suspected herders came to the farm with a herd of cattle during the day and set the farm on fire at three different points, according to the Farm Manager, Mr Kena Iordzua.

He stated that security agents were mobilised to go after the herdsmen, who shot sporadically in the air as they retreated towards the Nasarawa border.

The burnt portion of the rice farm is said to be 250 hectares.

Reacting to the development, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties, Mr. Abrahams Kwaghngu, described the act as barbaric and a threat to food security.

He, however, maintained that the law prohibiting open grazing of cattle was still in force and should be obeyed.

Falae Blames ‘Hatred’ For Attack On His Farm

Olu Falae Attributes Farm Attack To Hatred
File photo: Olu Falae

 

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Olu Falae, on Monday believes malice and hatred are responsible for the burning of his farm by yet to be identified persons.

He said this in his reaction to the incident which took place on Sunday in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

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While Mr Falae blamed herdsmen in the area for the attack, the Ondo State Police Command it was yet to ascertain if the crime was perpetrated by herds as claimed.

The former SGF, however, noted that there was no tangible reason why his farm would be set on fire if not for hatred from a group of people.

“When they burn my oil palm plantation, there is no rational reason for it except malice and hatred, he said.

“The intention is what worries me, that there is a group of Nigerians who want deliberately destroy the belongings of other Nigerians. The destruction does not, in my view, enhance their own well-being at all.

“If they drive the cows to eat my maize, it destroys my own asset – it enhances their own assets; they are using me to subsidise their own cows. That is bad,” Falae added.

He further recalled how he was kidnapped from the same farm by gunmen sometime in 2015.

The former presidential candidate who spent a few days with his abductors said they were later apprehended and prosecuted.

“They kidnapped me (six of them); I lived with them in the bush for four days. The six of them were tried and convicted and they were sent to live jail. They are in prison now,” he said.

Also speaking to reporters, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Gbenga Adeyanju, vowed that the perpetrators of the evil act would be brought to justice.

He said, “Whatever it is, we will get to the root (of the matter). The bushes have been burnt, what led to the bushes being burnt is what we are going to look at. It’s bush burning but what caused it is another issue.”