Sources at the Department of State Security (DSS) have explained the logic the arrest of several justices across the nation yesterday.
Two sources narrated that the Supreme Court nominee for Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was not targeted in any of the raids conducted so far.
Justice Onnohen reportedly raised alarm to friends when he noticed police action next to his residence as a team of security agents swooped on his next door neighbor, Justice Sylvanus Ngwunta.
Two Supreme Court justices, John Inyang Okoro and Sylvanus Ngwuta, were however arrested for aledged reception of bribes from Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
At the time when DSS raide Justice Ngwunta’s home, they found more than N35 million in cash there.
They also said they found $319,475, 25,890 pounds and 280 Euros in cash. He could not explain how the money got there.
Justice Okoro had N4.35m, $38,833 and 1000 Euros in his possession during his arrest this morning.
Governor Wike blocked the arrest of one of the aleged corrupt judges in port Harcourt. up late at night to obstruct the arrest of a judge in Port Harcourt.
Another Justice, Justice Abdullahi Liman, who is yet to be apprehended, reportedly took $2million from Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party to give a judgement that “overthrew” the faction led by Ali Modu Sheriff.
Governor Wike reportedly transferred the funds in cash to Liman in Ghana, before it was ferried to his home in Port Harcourt.
The bribe was to be shared between Lima and the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Auta.
Another judge, Justice Dimgba Nnamdi was “roughened up” but not immediately arrested. However, a DSS source stated Justice Dimgba is guilty of corruption and had been arrested as well.
Justice Muazu Pindiga, who was arrested in Gombe, was transported to the DSS headquarters in Abuja.
When the DSS team stormed the home of Justice Adeniyi Ademola and ordered him to come out, the judge claimed he was not home, but his cellphone signal gave him away.
He was subsequently arrested with at least N300 million in different local and foreign currencies in his bedroom.
Several security agents stated that the raids took place following independent investigations that were triggered by petitions submitted to the NJC against some of the judges.
According to one of the operatives, none of the nine judges targeted have spent their salaries in the last two years.
One source revealed that the raids were originally planned for last week, but had to be postponed for “strategic reasons.”
The DSS gave a breakdown of the recovered funds as follows:
SUMMARY OF RECOVERED MONEY
1. NAIRA – N93,558,000.00
2. DOLLARS – $530,087
3. POUNDS – £25,970
4. EURO – €5,680
Other foreign currencies were also recovered. The funds were recovered from just three of the arrested judges.
Below are pictures of some of the justice’s arrested.