The international passport of Joe Agi (SAN), was on Friday seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The senior lawyer who is being investigated for allegedly paying $30,000 into a domiciliary account of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and the confiscation of his passport by the anti-graft agency is aimed at ensuring that he does not leave the country until investigation into the case is concluded.
Agi, who was granted bail by the EFCC on Friday was asked to report back for further interrogation on Monday over the scrutiny of the lawyer’s bank accounts and some documents retrieved from his residence when a search warrant was executed.
The EFCC is also believed to be on the trail of a vital suspect said to have questions to answer in respect of the payments into Onnoghen’s accounts. The suspect’s name is being kept secret for security reasons.
A source familiar with the investigation, told a national publication, “one of the conditions for admitting Agi to bail was the depositing of his international passport in order to restrict him from leaving the country.
“We have directed him to report to the EFCC intermittently, as may be scheduled, from Monday for more interrogation. “Although Agi has made a useful statement, our detectives are currently screening his accounts following fresh clues with regards to his relationship with the CJN. “We have demanded for comprehensive details of Agi’s accounts and transactions which might take time to analyze or clarify with the suspect.
“The SAN has told our detectives that the CJN is his brother having come from Cross River State together.” For much of yesterday, detectives analyzed the documents retrieved from Agi’s Abuja residence. The source added: “We have isolated some issues for Agi to respond to when he comes around for another grilling. We are sieving some documents on which he ought to shed more light.” Sources also said the EFCC team was on the trail of another suspect linked with the deposit. “We are hopeful that we will be able to locate and interact with this suspect in the next few days, “ the source said.
Agi is the first suspect linked with some suspicious lodgments in Onnoghen’s accounts, which were effected between 2012 and 2016.
With additional reports from Nationng