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Arrested judges to be arraigned next week

27 October 2016, 13:39

Abuja - Federal prosecutors are working around the clock to conclude arrangement for the arraignment next week of judges arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS), Daily Trust reports.

This was contrary to earlier reports that the arrested judges were to be arraigned this week.

The affected judges are Justices Sylvester Ngwuta and John Okoro; (both serving justices of the Supreme Court), Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court Abuja, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba and other judicial officers of superior Courts in Nigeria arrested 8th October 2016 by the DSS.

Sources at the Federal Ministry of Justice informed our correspondent that some of the lawyers earlier contacted to handle the criminal prosecution of the judges were shying away from the case.

The sources disclosed that the prosecution of the judges will be coordinated by the National Prosecution Council (NPC) which was recently inaugurated by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami SAN and the case has been referred to one of the prosecution teams, which handles high profile corruption cases.

The Nigerian Bar Association last week called for the immediate suspension of seven judges arrested by the State Security Service on October 8 according to News24.

The President of the NBA, Abubakar Mahmud, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, made the call at a valedictory court session in honour of a retiring Justice of the Court of Appeal, Sotonye Denton-West.

- News 24

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