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DSS Releases Statement on Arrest of Supreme, Appeal & High Court Judges

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DSSThe Department of State Service (DSS), on Saturday said that it, in the past days, embarked on series of special sting operations involving some judges of the Supreme, Appeal and High Courts.

A statement by an official of the service, Abdullahi Garba, said that the operations were based on allegations of corruption and other acts of professional misconduct by the suspected judges.

According to him, the service’s action is in line with its core mandate.

“We have been monitoring the expensive and luxurious lifestyle of some of the judges as well as complaints from the concerned public over judgment obtained fraudulently and on the basis of amounts of money paid.

The judges involved were invited, upon which due diligence was exhibited and their premises searched.

The searches have uncovered huge raw cash of various denominations, local and foreign currencies, with real estate worth several millions of Naira and documents affirming unholy acts by these judges,” he said.

Garba stated that it had deployed intelligence to track down missing $2 million dollars believed to be a proceed of fraud found in a judge’s house.

“In one of the States where the Service’s operations were conducted, credible intelligence revealed that the judge had $2 million stashed in his house.

When he was approached for due search to be conducted, he, in concert with the State Governor, mobilised thugs against the service team.

The team restrained itself in the face of unbridled provocative activities by those brought in by the governor.

Unfortunately, the judge and governor also engaged the tacit support of a sister security agency.

The service surveillance team noticed that upon frustrating the operation, the judge with the active support of the governor craftily moved the money to an unknown location which the service is currently making efforts to unravel,” Garba said.

Recall that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state had said that the DSS and Police threatened to shoot him after him prevented them from arresting a High Court judge in the state.

Garba added that some of the judges had made useful statements while a few declined even with the glaring evidences that were found against them.

“The summaries of the recovered money include N93,558,000, $530,087, £25,970 and €5,680. Other foreign currencies were also recovered from just three of the judges. This seizure is in addition to other banking documents, including real estate documents,” the statement said.

According to the statement, preparations are ongoing to arraign the judges in a competent court of jurisdiction in line with the laws of the country.

“The service has never invited Justice Walter Onnoghen of the Supreme Court for investigation, neither is he being investigated. The service has tremendous respect for the judiciary and would not do anything to undermine it or its activities. The service will also join hands with this noble institution in its fight to rid it of few corrupt judges whose actions are undermining not only the judiciary but the common bond of our national life,” Garba said.

The statement, however, said the current operation would be sustained till sanity and sanctity were restored to the esteemed third arm of government and public confidence regained.

Garba also urged members of the public to avail the service of any information which could assist in this drive to rid the nation of corrupt practices and tendencies.

12 Comments

  1. Dollyp

    October 8, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    So freaking what?!is it wrong to have foreign currency at home?!is it the DSS who pronounces an accused guilty or the court? Iranu jatijati

  2. Ibex

    October 8, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Lies! lies! all are lies. Was it not the same DSS that found a house filled with dollars inside Akwa Ibom government house? Was it not the same DSS that also found 55 shallow graves in Abia? Was it not the same DSS that claimed they found dollars in soakaway? These are lies.. They are using this “corruption” narrative to distract the public from their real motive. their real motive is to beat those judges to fall in-line with their own selfish interest. They just want to intimidate the judges with this “corruption” narrative. If they are truly fighting corruption, why did the government return Silver’s 45 houses back to him? Saraki’s case nko? i can go on and on

  3. nnenne

    October 8, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    What happened to the army officer with three houses in Dubai?
    I read the next judge in line to head the judiciary was also arrested.
    Hope this is not a plot to put a northerner in his place !!
    Northerners must head everything these days.
    Where are the brain boxes of Nigeria?
    Why won’t we be in recession?

  4. Lailatu

    October 8, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Dear DSS, acting with impunity and blatant disregard of laid down rules is corruption. This is just wrong on so many levels and should not be condoned in a sane society.Time for Nigerian lawyers to take a cue from their Pakistani counterparts.

  5. Mrs chidukane

    October 9, 2016 at 12:06 am

    What relationship has the DSS with corruption charges? Over zealous bunch. Even if this was legal which it isn’t ,shouldn’t it be within the EFCC’s jurisdiction ?

    • kikiki

      October 9, 2016 at 9:34 am

      This govt is trying to distract Nigerians from something serious. The impunity and attack on judiciary is one of daura govt’s latest movie to get nigerians attention off the comatose economy.

  6. Iyke

    October 9, 2016 at 1:11 am

    I love this.Sai Buhari!

  7. oluwaseun

    October 9, 2016 at 8:05 am

    a lot of the anger of you commenters are directed wrongly, corrupt Judges are some of the critical reasons why rule of law and corruption has eaten deep into the cracks of our society…. am sorry but it seems a lot of you to do not fundamentally understand what eats away at us as a society…..There must be a deterrent…. and i am in support of the DSS…..mind you the reason why a lot of the corruption cases in court have not yield any conviction is because of these corruption Judges… please lets wake up and not lets our ignorance destroy us…….do you think Wike ran to the judges aid because he cares? u must be deluded to think so…….he did so because he need to protect himself cus he has corrupt practices with the Judge

  8. tunmi

    October 9, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    If they do, it’s lies. If they don’t, they are doing nothing. Abeg, make I call my people at home and find out how they feel.

  9. Hakeem Johnson

    October 9, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Is Nigeria now a Banana Republic.? In a presidential system of government. There is separation of powers. Between the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary. Why is one arm of government trying to striangulate the other arms of government? No matter what crime(s) other members of the other arms government has committed. I believe we should always follow the due process, particularly when it comes to dealing with legal matters. Which morons gave the green lights to the Police and SSS to go ahead and arrest some members of Court of Appeals, Supereme Court and high Court judges? ( Only with the permission from speacial courts could such search warrants and arrests be carried out. If not such search warrants and arrests are illegal. ) These power drunk individuals, needs to remember certain things, Nigeria is in a democracy. Not under any form of Military rule. Due process must be the order of the day. A State governor is the Chief executive officer of any State. Even when the executive governor of Rivers State tried to intervened. He was assaulted by the figure heads assigned to make these arrests. Clearly, Too much power lies with the executive branch in Nigeria. It is high time we change the Nigeria Constitution. Balance all the powers appropriately.

  10. Ardo Bello

    October 9, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Let us not be sentimental , and allow nature to unfold the hapenings from our so called representatoves and the professipnal segement of the gpvt whom the masses sees as a last resort. Lets start thinking of a way out & not this and that person or from whoch region is he.

  11. MOiii

    October 10, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    This is totally wrong , what happened to the EFFC and ICPC wen did it become the duty of the DSS to prosecute corrupt individuals, i think they need to go read the act that established them so they can know what their real duties are.

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