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Judges clampdown: Eight more judges to be arrested says SSS

10 October 2016, 14:54

Abuja - The State Security Service has disclosed at least eight more senior judges are being investigated for corruption and may be arrested anytime from now, Premium Times reports.

The eight are part of 15 judges that are being investigated by the State Security Service for alleged corrupt practices.

Seven judges were arrested between Friday night and Saturday morning in raids that have been condemned by lawyers and Nigerian rights groups.

The seven judges arrested and currently in detention at the SSS office are Justice Inyang Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court; Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja; Kabir Auta of the Kano High Court; Muazu Pindiga of the Gombe High Court, Mohammed Tsamiya of the Court of Appeal in Ilorin, and the Chief Judge of Enugu State, I. A. Umezulike.

Umezulike, Auta, and Tsamiya had earlier been recommended for sack by the National Judicial Council for alleged corrupt activities.

The seven arrested judges were still at the SSS office on Sunday evening.

Meanwhile lawyers serving under the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) have declared a state of emergency in the judiciary after the continued raiding of judges homes by armed Department of Security Services operatives according to News24.

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.

- News 24

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