The Federal Government is believed to have accepted the notice of retirement of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, and decision to pay him his full entitlement.
Federal Government which is yet to make official statement on the issue which is coming in the heels of recent alleged overtures being made by the presidency to the retired jurist, to intervene in the All Progressives Congress ( APC)-led government in resolving the election cases the party has in various courts in the land.
Onnoghen, on April 4, sent his notice of retirement to President Muhammadu Buhari following his indictment by the National Judicial Council (NJC) around the same period . The NJC special panel that looked into the case, recommended in its report thst Onnoghen should be given a soft landing by honouring him with retirement with tull benefit.
A credible judiciary source who pleaded anonymity told Daily Independent that when the presidency sought the presence of the retired jurist in Abuja, especially after APC lost Zamfara wholesale to the PDP, family members told officials that Onnoghen was in the village in Cross River State since he has no house in Abuja.
The source said presidency officials held two meetings with the family members of the retired jurist where they sought his help over these cases and also agreed to accept his notice of retirement and also give him all his entitlements.
It will be recalled that the NJC had recommended Onnoghen’s compulsory retirement based on a petition brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against him “alleging financial impropriety and infidelity to the constitution.