Whistleblower who exposed ex-CJN, Onnoghen, gets FG appointment

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OrijoReporter.com, Dennis Aghanya

Mr Dennis Aghanya, the whistleblower who dug out dirt on disgraced former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has been given a plum job by the federal government.

Aghanya, an ex-media aide of President Muhammadu Buhari is the author of the petition with which Onnoghen was convicted of non-full disclosure in the assets form he submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau, and failure to declare five bank accounts of his with about $3m.

“Since this petition came to light, they have been sending friends and families to me and at the same time issuing threats. They are giving me two options: If I don’t accept, I would go down six feet. If I mention the amount they are offering, it is something a hungry man would accept, something they cannot resist, big money,  as much as a billion naira,” the petitioner had said in an interview.

In what arguably appears as a reward for exposing Onnoghen, who was viewed in some quarters as a sympathizer of the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the federal government led-All Progressives Congress, APC, has appointed the Executive Secretary, Anti-Corruption and Research- Based Data Initiative as consultant to Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property, SPIP, disbanded by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), as per Punchng.com.

It said Aghanya’s appointment is shrouded in secrecy and unilaterally made by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN) adding that the activist has been carrying out the mandate of the panel formerly headed by Mr Okoi Obono-Obla aggressively.

“Rather than call it compensation to me, I am rather assisting the winding up committee on the defunct SPIP to achieve its mandate,” he told the paper when called to confirm or deny his appointment.

 

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