Nigeria was once the world’s largest producer of palm oil.
Today, Nigeria has spent over $3.2bn on importation of Palm Oil in 10 years
he Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has once again called on the Nigerian government to withdraw the charges of non-declaration of assets filed against Walter Onnoghen, the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria.
In a statement by Paul Usoro, the NBA President, issued on Tuesday, the association called on the government to comply with due process by allowing the National Judicial Council (NJC) conclude the investigation into the petitions against Onnoghen at the Council.
The call is coming hours before the Code of Conduct Tribunal is expected to sit on Wednesday.
Usoro said: “Given these non-exhaustive considerations and facts, we press on the Executive arm of the FGN to please discontinue the charge against the CJN when the matter comes up before the CCT on Wednesday, 13 February 2019.
“We respectfully urge full compliance with due process by FGN in this matter by allowing the NJC process to take its course in respect of the two petitions against the CJN, a step that has already, commendably, been embraced by FGN in respect of the EFCC petition.”
Onnoghen was accused of committing fraud in the declaration of his assets, an offence contrary to the provisions of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
Moves by the government to freeze Onnoghen’s bank accounts was thwarted by a high court order that barred the government from doing so, except there is a court order.
According to Nigeria History and Facts on Twitter, Nigeria was at a point in time, the largest producers of palm oil in the world.
In a contrasting turn of events, however, the country has spent more than $3.2bn on the importation of Palm Oil during a period of ten years.
This shows how much things have changed over the years.
Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani’s brother has begun a five-year sentence after he was convicted of corruption, BBC News reports.
Hossein Fereydoun, who served as an aide to the president, was first arrested in July 2017.
However, he was put on trial in February this year on allegations of financial violations.
Hossein was convicted of “receiving bribes” in May 2019 and sentenced to seven years.
An appeal court decision later reduced the jail term, but ordered him to return any property that he had acquired illicitly and fined him an equivalent of $9m in Iranian currency.
Hossein’s lawyer told local reporters that his client entered Tehran’s Evin prison on Wednesday.
“This morning, Mr Fereydoun together with myself were present at the prosecutor’s office,” Hossein Sartipi was quoted as saying.
“After legal procedures were completed, he was taken to Evin prison and was admitted to the prison,” he added.
Fereydoun acted as a key adviser and gatekeeper to the president before his arrest.
The brothers do not share the same surname because Rouhani changed his to a word meaning ‘spiritual’ or ‘cleric’ decades ago after joining a seminary.
Rouhani had promised to curb corruption in the 2013 and 2017 presidential election campaigns.
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