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FG approves trial of judges arrested by DSS

20 October 2016, 13:03

Abuja - The Federal Government has approved the prosecution of some of the judges recently arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services(DSS), over an alleged corruption, reports Vanguard.

The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) has approved the immediate prosecution of the suspects so as not to give the erroneous impression that government was promoting corruption.

Recalled that the DSS had invaded the homes of some judges  across the country between the late hours of October 7 and the early hours of October 8, 2016.

Those arrested according to News 24 include: Justice John Okoro and Justice Sylvester Nguta of the Supreme Court; Justice Nnamdi Dimgba and Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja; Kabiru Auta, FHC, Kano; Muazu Pindiga, FHC, Gombe; and a former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Innocent Umezulike.

The National Judiciary Council (NJC), the body which has omnibus powers over both criminal and administrative matters relating to judges had condemned the arrest of the judges.

Also read: DSS releases details of how Justice Liman allegedly took bribes

It also disregarded the Presidency’s directive to suspend the corrupt judicial officers from duty, pending the trial and disposal of the criminal allegations levelled against them.

The refusal of the NJC to suspend the suspected judges was interpreted as a ‘slap’ on the Presidency

Irked by the NJC's decision, the Presidency on Wednesday formally approved the prosecution of the suspects with immediate effect.

The trial of the suspects would be carried out in phases and handled by the National Prosecution Council, which was recently inaugurated.




- News 24

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