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FG sues 3 Supreme Court officials

04 November 2016, 13:59

Abuja - The Federal Government has sued three officials of the Supreme Court for their alleged involvement in corruption practices.

The officials were charged with nine counts, including alleged diversion of 2.2 billion Naira belonging to the court, according to Channels TV.

The three accused persons are Chief Registrar of the court, Mr Ahmed Saleh, Muhammed Sharif and Rilwanu Lawal.

Also, they were accused of receiving bribes amounting to 74.4 million Naira from private contractors providing services to the Supreme Court between 2009 and 2016.

Also read: Supreme Court Justices under probe withdraw from sittings

No date has been scheduled for their arraignment, but they will be facing nine counts of conspiracy, criminal breach of trust by allegedly diverting 2.2 billion belonging to the apex court and receiving gratification as public officers.

News24 reported that the DSS seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and assets in a series of anti-corruption raids targeting senior judges, drawing sharp condemnation from the bar association and rights groups.

During the nationwide operation, which took place on Saturday, October 8, 2016, police detained seven judges, according to a security source, who said a total of 15 judges were being investigated in connection with allegedly receiving bribes.

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