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Arrested judges set to be arraigned for corruption

09 October 2016, 07:42

Abuja - The judges who were arrested and had their homes raided by Department of Security Services (DSS) operatives are set to be arraigned for corruption after huge sums of money in foreign currencies were discovered at their homes, Naij reports.

According to reports, some of the arrests were linked to Governor Nyesom Wike while a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were also indicted.

It is believed that the judges had received bribes from Governor Wike from Rivers State, with the Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC) being aware of the charges against the judges.

One of the judges, Judge Sylvester Ngwuta traveled to Qatar to receive a bribe which he shared with other judges, to ensure that Governor Wike won his election case which was heard by the Supreme Court.

News24 reported that lawyers serving under the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) declared a state of emergency in the judiciary after the continued raiding of judges homes by armed DSS operatives.

President of the association, Abubakar Mahmoud said that the arrest of the judges was a clear abuse of power by the DSS operatives, who assaulted and tried to abduct judges in states across the country.

Meanwhile Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose lambasted the invasion of residences of five judges by the DSS security forces.

Fayose has labelled the invasion as an attack on the judiciary, saying that it was now clear to all that the country's democracy was increasingly under threat by the Buhari administration.

For more on this story, visit Naij.

- News 24


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