The individual who submitted a petition on alleged corruption and non-disclosure of assets against Justice Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, was a former aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, a report has revealed.
Dennis Aghanya, Executive Director of the Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative (ARDI), the group which submitted the petition against Justice Onnoghen, once served as a media aide to President Buhari between 2009-2011., the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He also worked together with the president in the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) as the party’s pioneer National Publicity Secretary.
The report also stated that Aghanya and his group had in April 2018, pleaded with the National Assembly to exercise some restraint over their criticism of the president, following his (Buhari’s) purported purchase of $496 million aircraft from the United States without due process.
“The President, as a human being, could make mistakes,” the report quoted Aghanya as telling the lawmakers.
Aghanya’s drive for national consciousness was noticeable again after his group claimed that some “desperate politicians” were planning to destabilise the country’s peace, before, during and after the 2019 general elections in November 2018.
The claims, however, are yet to be proven.
According to the report, Justice Onnoghen’s petitioner also one told Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to dissolve the party’s two factions in Enugu State if they could not agree to resolve their differences.