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Malaysia: Ex-PM Najib Razak apprehended over 1MDB $628m.

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Malaysia’s toppled leader Najib Razak was arrested on Wednesday and will be charged over allegations of $628 million linked to state investment fund 1MDB ended up in his personal bank accounts, officials said.

Allegations that huge sums were looted from the investment vehicle by Najib and his cronies were a major factor in the shock defeat of his long-ruling coalition at elections in May to a reformist alliance headed by Mahathir Mohamad.



Mahathir, 93, in his second stint as premier after coming out of retirement to take on his ex-protege Najib, has reopened probes into 1MDB that were shut down by the former government, and vowed to bring Najib to justice.

Since losing power, Najib has already been arrested and hit with seven charges related to claims he pocketed some $10 million from a former unit of 1MDB.

However his arrest on Wednesday was related directly to one of the most damaging allegations in the long-running scandal, that huge sums from the fund flowed into his bank accounts ahead of a hotly contested election in 2013.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said in a statement that it had detained Najib as part of its investigations into the fund and “the entry of 2.6 billion ringgit ($628 million) into his personal account”.

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Najib will appear in court Thursday afternoon where he faces several charges related to allegedly abusing his position, the anti-corruption commission said.

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Nigeria: Suspended CJN Onnoghen Finally shows up at CCT

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Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen on Friday eventually showed up at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).



It was widely reported even by Anttention Media that the embattled Justice had refused to personally appear before the Tribunal ever since his trial for alleged false arrays declaration began.

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It is however the believe of most concerned recipients that the Tribunal’s bench warrant for his arrest and arraignment today, issued on Wednesday may have forced him to appear.

On arrival,  he turned down the seat offer in the dock where he he was ushered into, preferring to stand in the dock instead.

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Nigeria: Code of Conduct Tribunal Orders Onnoghen’s Arrest

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The Inspector General of Police and the Director of the Department of State Services have been ordered to arrest the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen by The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) and produce him in court on the next adjourned date.


Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar, on Wednesday, issued the bench warrant against Onnoghen following his absence in court for arraignment.

 The Tribunal had at its last sitting on February 4, ordered that Onnoghen must make himself available in court today February 13, for arraignment over alleged failure to declare his assets.

Onnoghen was not in court as at the time the matter came up on Wednesday and his lawyers led by Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN prayed the court to take all pending applications relating to the trial, particularly the issue of the tribunal’s jurisdiction to hear the matter.

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Prosecution counsel, Aliyu Umar SAN, however urged the court to address the issue of the defendant’s absence in court for his arraignment before the application on jurisdiction.

In a brief ruling, CCT Chairman recalled that he had insisted that the defendant appear in court today for arraignment and since he was not in court, he left the Tribunal with no choice than to order for his arrest.

He consequently ordered the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the DSS to arrest Onnoghen and produce him in court on Friday, February 15 for arraignment.

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