As the anti corruption war continues, the Ibrahim Magu, led EFCC keeps waging war on corrupt individuals in the private and public sector in the country. All is now set for the prosecution of at least five more allegedly corrupt judges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The commission has concluded investigation on the judges.
There were indications that cases being handled by the judges before their travails might be reassigned. The details were being worked out by the […]
Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has for the first time explained why the “State” sanctioned the move by the Department of State Security (DSS) to raid the homes of judges in different parts of the country.
Malami, who spoke during an investigative hearing by the Hon. Garba Datti-led House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee investigating cases of invasion of property and arrest of persons for reasons outside the general duties insisted that the DSS acted […]
House of Representatives, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, on Wednesday said the invasion of the homes of senior judicial officers by the Department of State Services was a disorganised and worrisome act.
Dogara said the clampdown was a duplication of the function of other anti-corruption agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and promised sweeping reforms to prevent its recurrence.
The Speaker made the observations when he inaugurated a House committee charged with investigating the clampdown and its aftermath.
“It is untidy, it […]
In light of ongoing investigations, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Security Service (DSS) have banned not less than 13 judges from leaving the country.
The judges cannot travel abroad without the express permittion of a court.
It was also learnt that security agents have started screening the Petty Cash Book of the Supreme Court and payment vouchers to contractors.
The Petty Cash Book which emanated from draw down from Secret/Operation Account was said to have revealed […]
President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the powers of the Federal High Court in Abuja to stop the prosecution of judges accused of engaging in acts of corruption.
Buhari maintained that the high court was bereft of the jurisdiction to entertain a suit filed by a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, with a view to stopping the Federal Government from arraigning seven judges arrested after a “sting operation” the Department of State Services, DSS, conducted between October 7 and 8.
It will be […]
According to reports, the Federal Government has, again, justified clampdown on judges by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo said the clampdown was because of corruption allegations in the Judiciary and the need to rid the arm of government of bad eggs and restore its integrity and public confidence.
Between October 7 and 8, the DSS raided the residences of seven judges who were subsequently arrested and detained over alleged acts of corruption and falsification of assets.
According to reports, the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen Thursday, vowed to continue with the fight against corruption in the judiciary.
Onnoghen’s inauguration by President Muhammadu Buhari followed the expiration of the tenure of Justice Mahmud Mohammed as the CJN. The new CJN will serve in an acting capacity till his appointment is confirmed by the National Assembly.
At the brief ceremony held in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, President Buhari urged Justice Onnoghen to use his position to […]
It was gathered that the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, on Thursday described as diversionary, malicious and vindictive, the call for the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, to step down from office.
The professor of law, who made it clear that he was speaking in his personal capacity, insists that the outburst of two justices of the Supreme Court Justice Inyang Okoro and Justice Sylva Ngwuta is “surprising considering that it is totally unrelated to […]
According to reports, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, revealed, yesterday, that the National Judicial Commission, NJC, asked judges facing allegations of corruption to step down because it was confronted with proof of evidence against some of them.
The judges were arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, between October 7 and 8, following which the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, and some senior lawyers asked the judges to stop presiding over cases, pending their trial.
Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to declare as unlawful the raid and arrest of judges by the Department State Services (DSS).
The group also prayed for an order of injunction stopping the planned charge and arraignment in court of some of the arrested judges.
LEDAP claimed in the suit that the judges cannot be charged and arraigned in court without the authorization of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
Respondents in the suit are the SSS […]
According to reports, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has said the National Judicial Council, NJC, decided to suspend the indicted judges in order to preserve the independence of the judiciary.
Justice Mohammed, during the swearing in of two new Justices of the Supreme Court, Justices Amina Augie and Ejembi Eko, said the council took the decision following communication it received from the attorney-general of the federation.
He said, “The Council tool this stand following communications it received from the […]